Things that a judge will consider while deciding on ordering maintenance payments are:
- The financial situation of the person who will be receiving maintenance payments. This will also include child support payments
- How long it may take for the person who will be receiving maintenance payment to receive an education or to develop job skills
- Evaluation of both party’s earning capacity The standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage
- How long the parties were married
- An evaluation of both parties debts and assets
- The age, health and emotional condition of the person who will be receiving maintenance payment
- How well the person making maintenance payments can meet their own financial responsibilities while also paying maintenance
- The behavior of both parties during the marriage
- And anything else the court determines is relevant
It is more likely that an older spouse who hasn’t worked outside the home in a long time would be awarded maintenance than a younger spouse or someone with good earning potential. Sometimes the courts will award maintenance for a short period of time to allow the other party to complete a job training or until a child is old enough that it doesn’t require constant care.
Permanent maintenance will end when the receiving spouse remarries or dies.
Your best chance to receive an award of maintenance or avoid paying maintenance is to work with RS Law so we can present the best argument possible to the court. We will do this by providing a complete overview of your finances, employment skills and financial obligations to the court and well as the same for the other party. RS Law has handled many Missouri divorces with complex financial challenges as well as divorces that deal with large amounts of assets and debts and some that involve multi-million dollar businesses.
Not having RS Law involved in your divorce could be one of the most expensive mistakes you can make. Call now for a free consultation.