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FAQ for Spousal Support

If you are going through a divorce, you may be wondering if you can collect spousal support. According to C.R.S. Title 14, Article 10, Section 114, there are certain circumstances in which a spouse is eligible to obtain spousal support. Sturniolo & Associates has provided answers to frequently asked questions about spousal support below. Please take a moment to review these and call Attorney Sturniolo if you need further guidance about your case.

What is spousal support?

Spousal support is financial payment made by one spouse to the other. In Colorado, it is legally known as maintenance, although people commonly refer to it as spousal support or alimony. It is designed for spouses that are not able to meet their basic financial needs, because they have not developed adequate job skills or are caring for a child full-time, inhibiting their ability to provide for themselves.

How long can I get spousal support for?

Usually, spousal support is only ordered on a temporary basis. The judge will factor in the length of the marriage, the income of each spouse, the financial situation of each spouse, earning potential of each spouse, custody of any children, and the couple's former standard of living. Most often, the court will appoint alimony for as long as it will take for the non-breadwinning spouse to become self-sufficient. For longer marriages; however, spousal support may last for many years.

How much spousal support can I receive in Colorado?

The amount of spousal support you receive, if any, will depend on your case. For families that have a combined income of less than $75,000, however, a temporary maintenance formula may be applied. According to C.R.S. 14-10-114, the lower earners may obtain spousal support for 40% of their spouse's income minus 50% of their income.

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