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Maine Divorce Alimony


The court can award Maine divorce alimony to either of the spouses. Since the laws of alimony are quite complex, it is always better to take the help of a lawyer to comprehend the intricacies of alimony laws. Divorce alimony in Maine can be of several types. The alimony can be awarded for general support, temporary or transitional support, compensation or reimbursement support and interim or nominal support. Depending upon the post financial condition of the alimony seeking souse, the form of alimony is determined by the court. Even though the judge of the court holds the sole authority to make the final decision on the divorce alimony, there are certain guidelines mentioned in the Maine Statute that are taken into account while declaring the alimony verdict.
  • The length of the marriage is a common determinant for the alimony. The longer the marital life of the couple the greater is the possibility of the spouse asking for the alimony to be awarded with it. The duration of marriage is also a parameter for calculating the amount of alimony to be paid to the receiving spouse.
  • The ability to pay the alimony is also considered. The court adjudges how far the spouse who is expected to pay the spousal support is capable enough to bear the alimony burden.
  • The age of each spouse is another important factor for determining Maine divorce alimony.
  • The earning capacity, job experience and other details of employment background are also considered for announcing Maine divorce alimony.
  • The retirement provisions and the other benefits like health insurances of each of the spouses are important parameters for making a decision on divorce alimony.
  • The income generation capacity of both the spouses as well as their earning potential in future is considered by the court.
  • The burden of tax levied on the marital property assets possessed by either of the spouses is another decisive factor.
  • The contribution made by both the spouses for the welfare of the family during their marriage life.
  • The standard of living before and after the divorce of both the spouses. Alimony is generally granted to the spouse who is incapable of maintaining the quality of life that he or she used to enjoy in the pre-divorce period.
  • The duration of the spousal support depends upon the time taken by receiving spouse to become self-sufficient.
  • The child custody and the child support may also affect the declaration of divorce alimony.
The general support alimony is awarded when the receiving spouse is proved to be financially not stable enough to support oneself. The transitional support is awarded to the spouse who is in need of the money temporarily. The reimbursement support is offered in certain special cases. It is mainly awarded to bring about an equitable result when the spouses sever any sort of financial relationship that they had been sharing during their married life. The nominal support is provided in order to keep the option of further modification of the alimony structure in future while the interim alimony is rewarded to the financially unstable spouse to support during the time of divorce process.


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