Tag Archives: spousal maintenance

January 13, 2016

The First Steps in My Collaborative Case

Yesterday, I attended the first joint meeting in my first Collaborative case.  We reviewed and signed the Participation Agreement and Joint Petition, and the four of us progressed efficiently through the agenda that I had proposed. My beginner’s anxiety about Continue reading…

March 31, 2015

Social Security and Your Retirement – Part 3: Spousal Benefits & Divorce

When contemplating the pros and cons of getting divorced, I doubt anyone ever puts in the pros column “easier to claim Social Security Spousal Benefits”. Some people may not even realize that they can get Social Security spousal benefits based Continue reading…

July 9, 2014

Getting Unmarried: Divorce, Money, Financial Neutrals

In my last post “Getting Unmarried: Gray Divorces”  I wrote about the increasing number of divorces for those over the age of fifty. Also of note was how Gray Divorces have many of the same foundational issues as any divorce Continue reading…

August 8, 2013

Q: When Does “Permanent” in a Divorce Decree Not Mean Permanent?

A:  When it appears in the phrase, “permanent spousal maintenance.” Whenever a divorce decree includes an award of maintenance, I explain to my client that “permanent” means until the payor reaches normal retirement age and retires.  At that time, spousal maintenance Continue reading…

June 21, 2013

Divorce: Not One-Size-Fits-All

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A recent article in Time Magazine called The End of Alimony discusses some of the potentially unfair and unrealistic outcomes that can result from the current family legal system. The example highlighted in the article discusses a second wife having Continue reading…

June 13, 2013

Spousal Maintenance: First vs. Second Wives

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Wow, the phrase “First vs. Second Wives” makes me cringe.  There is so much wrong with it, or at least so much to dislike or be uncomfortable about. Let me count the ways (Keep in mind that this is in the Continue reading…

May 23, 2013

Divorce Alimony: How Much for How Long?

Spousal maintenance, or alimony, is one of the most difficult issues in divorce. How much? How long? Can it be modified? These are the questions that must be answered by divorcing couples. Faced with having to support two households rather than Continue reading…

May 8, 2013

Now You’re Just Somebody That I Used to Know?

When someone mentions divorce, where does your mind go?  Do the words “fight,” “bitter,” or “vicious” come up?  How about terms like, “teamwork,” “goals,” or “considerate?”  It’s interesting to an experienced divorce lawyer how often the expectations include the former Continue reading…