Indianapolis Spousal Maintenance Attorney
If you have filed for divorce, or intend to do so, the subject of spousal maintenance can be a source of considerable anxiety. This can be a major concern whether you are the husband or the wife.
How much can one party afford to continue to support the other and still manage to meet his own obligations? How big is the gap between the resources the wife enjoyed while married and what she can expect after the divorce? Can maintenance commitments be changed if the circumstances of one spouse change? These are difficult questions, and even if a divorce is proceeding amicably these concerns may lead to unpleasant disputes.
At Trapp Law, LLC, we understand the sensitive nature of spousal maintenance issues and the importance of protecting the best interests of everyone who is involved in a divorce case. Indianapolis family law attorney Angela Trapp has extensive experience in handling these cases. She understands what is at stake and will take every possible measure to avoid a contentious future with your ex-spouse. Contact her office today for immediate assistance in this important matter.
Indiana Law and Alimony
Indiana law does not recognize the concept of alimony, but frames post-divorce obligations in terms of “spousal maintenance.” The law presumes that each of the parties in the divorce will continue to support themselves by working after the marriage ends.
However, the law does allow for spousal maintenance in specific circumstances. Any ruling regarding this issue includes prescribing how long the maintenance will continue.
When is Spousal Maintenance Required?
Spousal maintenance may be ordered on the basis of findings by the court in regard to specific situations, for example:
- If a spouse is incapacitated, physically or mentally, to support himself or herself, the court may order spousal maintenance during the period of incapacity. Continued support after the initial time period named may be ordered after a review by the court.
- Spousal maintenance may be ordered if the court finds that the spouse does not have sufficient property to provide for his or her needs.
- Maintenance may be ordered if a spouse is the custodian of a child with physical or mental problems that require the spouse’s full attention.
It is also possible the spousal maintenance will be ordered after the court considers factors such as the educational level of each spouse, time out of the workforce, earning capacity or time and expense required for a spouse to find employment. Again, none of the orders are indefinite.
How Your Attorney Can Help
No matter which side of the divorce you are on, any ruling regarding spousal maintenance will have a major impact on your life. It’s vital that all the facts related to this subject are presented as accurately as possible and with an eye toward the legal guidelines for support.
Attorney Angela Trapp understands that no two cases are the same. She will develop creative and custom solutions that are right for your case.
Divorce can be complicated even in the best circumstances. Angela Trapp has helped clients throughout Central Indiana find solutions to their spousal maintenance challenges. The best outcomes can be achieved if you contact us early in your divorce process, to ensure that your case proceeds as smoothly as possible.
We serve clients in Indianapolis, Greenfield, Carmel and beyond. Contact us for a free consultation regarding your divorce and your rights regarding spousal maintenance.