Alimony and Maintenance Services
Gurley Law Group
Divorce Law, Alimony, Spousal Support
In Colorado, alimony is referred to as “maintenance.” Either party to a divorce may request maintenance from the other party.
A new maintenance statute was recently passed that went into effect January 1, 2014. The new statute contains guidelines for the court to consult when establishing a maintenance award. This Colorado law provides that when a party requests maintenance in a dissolution of marriage (divorce), legal separation, or declaration of invalidity proceeding, prior to granting or denying an award of maintenance, the court shall make initial written or oral findings concerning:
(A) the amount of each party’s gross income;
(B) the marital property apportioned to each party;
(C) the financial resources of each party, including but not limited to the actual or potential income from separate or marital property; and
(D) reasonable financial need as established during the marriage.
After making the above findings, the court shall determine if a maintenance award would be fair and equitable to both parties after considering several other statutory factors and essentially anything else the court might find to be relevant in assessing whether or not to make an award of maintenance part of its permanent order.
A court can also award maintenance on a temporary basis prior to the entry of a final order in the case.
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