Family Law

Spousal Support in Colorado

Helping You Secure Fair Spousal Support

With over 30 years of experience in family law, the team at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. understands that divorce can be emotionally draining and financially complex. We are here to offer you the support and expertise you need to navigate this process, and that begins with ensuring you understand spousal support.

Spousal support, or alimony, is a legal obligation of a higher-earning spouse to provide financial support to a lower-earning spouse. The purpose of alimony is to help the lower-earning spouse continue the standard of living that they had during marriage and prevent an unfair economic effect due to divorce. Alimony can end when the recipient spouse becomes self-supporting or remarries.

Whether you anticipate paying or receiving alimony, our legal family law team at Jorgensen, Brownell & Pepin, P.C. can protect your rights and best interests throughout the divorce process to obtain the most favorable outcome possible. Contact us today!

Understanding Spousal Maintenance in Colorado

In Colorado, spousal support is categorized into two distinct types: temporary (or “pendente lite”) maintenance, which may be granted during the divorce proceedings, and long-term maintenance, which is established after the divorce has been finalized.

Long-term maintenance payments are either biweekly or monthly and set for a specific period of time. Permanent alimony is quite rare in Colorado, but essentially, the longer the marriage, the longer the alimony payments may continue.

When determining spousal maintenance, the state uses a standardized method for all couples that earn a combined monthly income of $240,000 or less. If this range applies to your case and you were married for at least three years, spousal support payments will equal 40 percent of the higher-earning spouse’s monthly adjusted gross income, subtracted by 50 percent of the other spouse’s monthly adjusted gross income.

If the marriage was less than three years or more than two decades, or the couple’s combined income is over $240,000, then the guidelines may not apply. If a couple is married more than 20 years, then permanent alimony may be rewarded.

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