Denver Alimony Attorneys

Advocating for Your Spousal Rights in Jefferson, Douglas, Arapahoe, and Adams Counties

As you look ahead at your liberating new future, you may naturally be concerned about your financial situation following divorce. Alimony is an important topic of negotiation in separation proceedings that our firm can help you with. Whether you anticipate requesting alimony or being the spouse to pay it, Curtis Law Firm can take a look at your situation to ensure your spousal rights are being rigorously advocated. With over 10 years of legal experience, we will provide quality, personalized representation so you feel assured about your future.

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Types of Alimony

Colorado recognizes several types of spousal maintenance during and after a divorce – temporary, rehabilitative, reimbursement, and permanent. 

Temporary support, also called "pendente lite support," is financial support from one spouse to the other during the divorce process. 

Rehabilitative support, the most common type of alimony in Colorado, is when the higher-earning spouse provides financial assistance to the lower-earning spouse while that spouse acquires essential job skills or career training to enter the workforce and eventually become self-supporting. This type of support is common in marriages where one spouse was the homemaker. 

Reimbursement support is for situations in which one spouse paid for the other spouse's education or job training during the marriage. If the court finds it appropriate, it may require the recipient of these funds during the marriage to reimburse the other spouse through spousal maintenance payments.

Lastly, permanent support is extremely rare and reserved for the most extreme divorce cases where one spouse is unable to become financially independent due to advanced age, illness, disability, or cannot otherwise gain employment skills to become self-supporting. 

Who Is Eligible for Alimony?

Keep in mind that the court typically only considers alimony awards appropriate in marriages lasting more than 3 years. The court may consider the following factors when determining eligibility for alimony:

  • each spouse's financial resources, including potential income from separate or marital property;
  • the paying spouse's ability to meet each spouse's financial needs;
  • the spouse's lifestyle during the marriage;the distribution of marital property, including whether additional marital property may be awarded to reduce or alleviate the need for maintenance;

both parties' income, employment, and employability, obtainable through reasonable diligence and additional training or education;

 

Whether one party has historically earned higher or lower income than the income reflected at the time of permanent orders and the duration and consistency of income from overtime or secondary employment;

  • the length of the marriage;
  • each parties' age and health, including whether either spouse has significant healthcare needs or uninsured or unreimbursed health care expenses;
  • Significant economic or noneconomic contribution to the marriage or to the economic, educational, or occupational advancement of a party, including but not limited to completing an education or job training, payment by one spouse of the other spouse’s separate debts, or enhancement of the other spouse’s personal or real property;
  • Whether the circumstances of the parties at the time of permanent orders warrant the award of a nominal amount of maintenance in order to preserve a claim of maintenance in the future;
  • Whether the maintenance is deductible for federal income tax purposes by the payor and taxable income to the recipient, and any adjustments to the amount of maintenance to equitably allocate the tax burden between the parties; and
  • any other relevant factors.

Based on the above findings, the court may order a certain type of alimony and set the duration for payments.

Alimony Calculations in Colorado

The amount a spouse will pay in spousal maintenance depends on many factors including the spouses’ incomes. More specifically, alimony calculations in Colorado depend on whether the spouses fall under one of two categories – their combined gross income is $240,000 or less annually or more than $240,000 annually. The former relies on a complicated formula to calculate payments which also takes into account the combined gross income of the parties and if the maintenance award is deductible for income tax purposes or not. :

In the event that the couple’s combined annual gross income is over $240,000, the Court does not follow the statutory formula but instead considers all the factors listed above found in C.R.S. §14-10-114(3)(b)(II) and (3)(c) 

Questions? Let Curtis Law Firm Help You Negotiate.

Alimony negotiations can be complex whether you anticipate being the paying spouse or the receiving spouse. At Curtis Law Firm, we can help you understand the four types of alimony in Colorado and whether you or your partner are eligible for a certain type. We can also help you estimate the amount of payment you can expect to provide or receive based on your circumstances.

Don’t let the alimony negotiations come as a surprise in your divorce proceeding; let Curtis Law Firm help clarify the process for you. Call us at (720) 408-7726 or reach out to us online to learn more.

Questions? Let Curtis Law Firm Help You Negotiate.

Alimony negotiations can be complex whether you anticipate being the paying spouse or the receiving spouse. At Curtis Law Firm, we can help you understand the four types of alimony in Colorado and whether you or your partner are eligible for a certain type. We can also help you estimate the amount of payment you can expect to provide or receive based on your circumstances.

Don’t let the alimony negotiations come as a surprise in your divorce proceeding; let Curtis Law Firm help clarify the process for you. Call us at (720) 408-7726 or reach out to us online to learn more.

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