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What are the types of alimony in Maryland?

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2023 | Blog, Divorce |

The CDC reported that in 2022, the divorce rate in Maryland was 2.4 divorces for every 1,000 residents. Many of those divorces involved alimony. Alimony often comes into play in divorce proceedings to minimize any unfair financial effects one party might face.

If you are going through a divorce, understanding the types of alimony in the state can help you navigate the process more effectively and make better decisions for your future.

Temporary alimony

Also known as alimony pendente lite, temporary alimony comes into effect during the divorce process. This type of alimony helps maintain the status quo and ensures that both parties can cover their expenses while finalizing the divorce.

Rehabilitative alimony

Courts award rehabilitative alimony to provide the recipient spouse with the necessary resources to become self-supporting. Typically, one spouse needs time to acquire education or training to reenter the job market or increase their earning capacity. Courts usually set a specific time frame for rehabilitative alimony.

Indefinite alimony

Indefinite alimony is less common and courts usually award it only when they believe the receiving spouse cannot reasonably make substantial progress towards becoming self-supporting due to age, illness or disability. If a large and unconscionable disparity exists in the living standards of the two parties, courts can also award indefinite alimony.

Factors influencing alimony awards

In deciding to grant alimony, the court considers several factors. These include the ability of each party to be self-supporting, the time necessary for the party seeking alimony to gain necessary education or training, the standard of living during the marriage, the duration of the marriage and the contributions, monetary and nonmonetary, of each party to the well-being of the family.

Divorce is a challenging process. Knowing the types of alimony available can provide a clearer picture of what to expect during your divorce proceedings. Remember, considering your current financial situation, your future needs and your rights is essential when navigating this process.