Spousal Support: Your Financial Rights

If you are involved in a divorce, you may be wondering how you will support yourself and your children once the divorce is final. Or, you may be worried you will be forced to make large alimony payments every month. No matter what your concerns, I can help.

For almost 20 years, I — attorney Andrea Hirsch — have been guiding clients through divorce. Clients trust me to find effective, efficient solutions that protect their financial interests, while keeping the long-term happiness and health of their family top of mind.

What Are My Rights And Responsibilities Regarding Alimony?

Many people think alimony is something you get/pay once the divorce is finalized. That is not always the case. In Washington, D.C., and Maryland, alimony obligations can begin as soon as the divorce paperwork has been filed. Known as alimony pendente lite, this form of support lasts for the duration of the divorce proceedings. Once the divorce is final, additional alimony may be awarded.

Today, most alimony awards are limited in duration and for the purpose of helping the lower-earning spouse get back on their feet and become self-supporting. However, in certain circumstances, indefinite, or permanent, alimony may be awarded. This type of long-term support is only awarded where one spouse's age, illness or disability makes it impossible to become self-supporting, or where there will be an extreme discrepancy between the ex-spouses' living standards.

When making the decision whether to award alimony, and the type, amount and duration of payments, judges evaluate a variety of factors, including:

  • The marital standard of living
  • The ability of each spouse to be self-supporting
  • The amount of time needed for the lower-earning spouse to obtain the education or training needed to find employment
  • The length of the marriage
  • The monetary and nonmonetary contributions each spouse made to the marriage
  • The age, and physical and mental health of each party
  • Each party's income, assets and other financial resources
  • The circumstances that led to the divorce

Protecting Your Financial Health, Putting Your Family First

When involved in a family law dispute, you need a lawyer who does more than litigate. You need someone who will handle your case while putting your family first.

I am a skilled trial lawyer, but most importantly, I am a compassionate and effective adviser. I will work with you to find the path that is best for your family and your future.

Call 202-480-2160 today, or contact me online, to schedule a free consultation.