Make The Smart Choice With an Alimony Attorney
Alimony is the payment of support by one spouse to the other spouse. In Vermont, alimony may be awarded to prevent financial hardship that a divorce may cause to a financially dependent spouse. Alimony may be awarded on a short-term or long-term basis, depending on the parties' respective incomes and length of the marriage. This sensitive legal matter is best handled with the assistance of an alimony attorney.
The Family Division Oversight Committee published draft guidelines to help parties understand how a court may award alimony. These guidelines are only advisory and do not address other issues such as child support or the division of marital property. The court is instructed to make a full determination about the amount of alimony and the length of time that it should be awarded based on the statutory factors in 15 V.S.A. § 752:
It is important to know that in Vermont, if you do not ask for alimony at the time of the divorce, you cannot ask for it after the divorce is final. The divorce and family law attorneys at Kirkpatrick & Goldsborough will work with you to understand how alimony may be awarded based on your unique circumstances.
- The financial resources of the party seeking maintenance, the property apportioned to the party, the party's ability to meet his or her needs independently, and the extent to which a provision for support of a child living with the party contains a sum for that party as custodian
- The time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment
- The standard of living established during the civil marriage
- The duration of the civil marriage
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each spouse
- The ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her reasonable needs while maintaining those of the spouse seeking maintenance
- Inflation with relation to the cost of living
- 15 V.S.A. § 752 Alimony Guideline Summary
Alimony Guideline Summary
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