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What is Alimony?
Alimony, also known as “spousal support,” is court-ordered payment from one spouse to another. These payments can be:
- Just during divorce proceedings (“pendente lite”);
- Limited to a few years after the divorce is finalized (“rehabilitative”), to help the recipient get back on their feet; or
- Permanent maintenance payments (“indefinite”).
The idea behind alimony and spousal support payments is that individuals who contributed to the marriage in ways other than monetary still deserve to live a lifestyle they are accustomed to.
For example, the “breadwinner” may have been able to take promotions, extended work trips, and educational opportunities to further their own career because their home and family life were cared for by the other spouse.
Therefore, that spouse contributed towards the total household income, even if they didn’t have a job at the time. Maryland judges may rule that alimony is appropriate in that circumstance.
Maryland only recently codified alimony into its state laws, as part of its Divorce Code of 1980.
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Clients looking for a dedicated, hard-working, thorough, and tough advocate that offers personalized attention for their unique case should ask for Florian. When Flo handles your case, expect professional, responsive, and proactive representation that gets results.
Domestic Partner and Senior Litigator
For your domestic case, the buck stops with Zack Groves. Zack's priority is to maintain your family and quality of life, no matter what your case entails, with individualized representation.
Timothy's current clients on domestic litigation leverage his nearly 20 years' experience litigating in state, federal, and administrative courts throughout Maryland. Work with Timothy if you want a legal ally who can truly connect with you and your case to achieve your desired outcome.
With a legal focus on domestic cases and a background in criminal defense, Abbey is determined to see justice done for individuals in their time of greatest need, fueled by her passion for thoughtful, mission-oriented preparation. With Abbey at your side, know that your case will be handled with the attention and respect it deserves.
James E. Crawford
Founding Partner and Senior Litigator
Jim believes that the power to change the life of even one client is worth more than any amount of money or prestige. That's why he's spent just about every day of his working career in a Maryland courtroom, giving clients their opportunity for justice.
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