Spousal Maintenance Attorney
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Under Missouri law, courts can provide one spouse maintenance, or what used to be termed alimony, in certain circumstances after a divorce or legal separation. The St. Louis divorce attorneys at Pedano, O’Shea, McGavic & Hogenmiller, LLC are experienced in pursuing and defending maintenance cases and can extend our insight to your case today.
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How is maintenance determined?
Maintenance can be ordered when the former spouse seeking support demonstrates that they are unable to meet their reasonable needs at the end of each month. Furthermore, the individual who will be ordered to pay maintenance must have enough disposable income to contribute to their former spouse’s needs. Depending on the specific facts of a case, a spouse may be awarded temporary maintenance, which is paid while the divorce or legal separation action is pending before the court. In other cases, more long-term maintenance may be provided.
- The court will look at a variety of factors to determine the need for maintenance:
- Both spouses’ financial resources
- The earning capacity of each spouse
- The standard of living enjoyed throughout marriage
- The length of time the couple was married
- The age, health, and emotional condition of the dependent spouse
- How each spouse behaved during the marriage
Though Missouri is a no-fault state, the court can still take any marital misconduct, such as adultery, into consideration when calculating spousal maintenance.
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If you believe that you need maintenance or want to make sure you are not asked to pay more support than your spouse requires, it is crucial that you retain legal counsel during this time. When you come to Pedano, O’Shea, McGavic & Hogenmiller, LLC, we make sure you get the personalized guidance and representation you need during this time.
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