Highlands Ranch Alimony

Alimony Attorneys Assisting the Highlands Ranch Community

highlands ranch alimonyAssessing your own financial needs during a divorce can be a daunting prospect, especially as you are already in the middle of splitting up household assets and maybe even figuring out child custody and child support arrangements. A significant, additional issue arising in many divorce cases is that of alimony or spousal support. In marriages with significant income disparities between the parties there is often a request for alimony (“maintenance” under Colorado statute). If you are in need of spousal support or defending against a claim, having the right legal help matters. Just a short drive away, the Highlands Ranch alimony attorneys at Plog & Stein are ready to provide experienced and thorough representation regarding all aspects of your alimony case, including for both establishment and modification issues.

How Maintenance Works in Colorado

Again, in the state of Colorado, alimony is statutorily termed “maintenance” and is a completely separate legal issue from that of child support. Pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-114, maintenance is specifically designed to help with the living expenses and reasonable financial needs of the party with less resources in a divorce.

You should submit a request for maintenance at the beginning of your divorce case. If you decide to waive your right to receive maintenance, you may not request it at a later date. You may even request temporary spousal support to be provided while divorce proceedings, which can take months or longer, are pending. However, the granting of temporary maintenance has no bearing on the ultimate determination for spousal support due after the divorce is concluded.

In most instances, alimony is going to be determined based on a statutory formula, with the length being determined based on the length of the marriage mapped up with a statutory time table. For marriages of 20 years or longer, the duty to pay alimony may even exceed half the length of the marriage. Starting in 2014, courts across Colorado started generally adhering to this statutory formula, which is not mandatory but has certainly become the norm. However, courts still have discretion over the issue of maintenance, both as to amount and duration. A Douglas County judge ruling on a Highlands Ranch divorce case might issue an entirely different alimony decision from a judge in Jefferson County.

Douglas County is generally in the top 10 in the nation, each year, for median household income. As such, alimony cases can entail dealing with significant and diverse income sources, sometimes exceeding the statutory formula combined family income cap of $360,000 per year. In assessing any spousal support case, our Highlands Ranch alimony lawyers look for realistic and sound financial resolutions, including the potential offsetting of alimony via an unequal distribution of marital assets. With each case being different, we readily look for creative solutions, with the goal of your financial interests in mind. With your financial future on the line, it’s important to partner with a family law firm familiar with your local family courts that can give you a sense of what to expect from your case.

Consult with Alimony Lawyers who Understand Highlands Ranch

The family law attorneys at Plog & Stein, P.C. have extensive experience both settling and litigating divorces for Highlands Ranch clients. Let us put that experience to work for you regarding all aspects of your alimony case. Call us, today, at 303-781-0322 or contact us online to set an appointment with one of our attorneys.

Client Testimonials
His passion and ferocity kept me going through this long ordeal.
When I first came to Plog & Stein it was simply discuss the renegotiation of child support. Little did I know that within 72 hours I would be retaining Steve Plog for a custody battle. His passion and ferocity kept me going through this long ordeal. I have recommended him to my friends and I would recommend him to anyone with who wants honest and effective representation.
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I am thankful for the job Sarah McCain did for me in my fight with my ex-wife for visitation rights with my daughter. Sarah and the team at Plog & Stein handled my case in an efficient, affordable, and professional manner. Sarah negotiated a new parenting plan as well as acceptable visiting rights and even a favorable modification in my child support. I recommend Sarah and the attorneys at Plog & Stein to anyone that has these types of family issues and need strong, knowledgeable representation.
Tom
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At the end of the day he was able to produce a settlement that was fair to both parties.
I highly recommend Stephen Plog for anyone in need of a top notch domestic relations attorney. After a 27 year marriage, Stephen represented me in a complicated and sometimes bitter divorce with many unique challenges. At the end of the day he was able to produce a settlement that was fair to both parties but limited my alimony payments to only 3 years. He is smart, cuts to the chase, knows the court system in the Denver metropolitan area and can be trusted to get his clients the best possible settlement.
Neal
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Their service was outstanding, with prompt responses to all of my questions.
Sarah McCain and Plog & Stein were wonderful to me during such a difficult time in my life. Their service was outstanding, with prompt responses to all of my questions and creative ideas throughout the proceedings to help things go smoothly. Sarah's compassion, patience, and expertise were especially invaluable to me. I highly recommend them.
Sandy
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