Spousal support (or alimony) is often pursued when the earnings of one spouse significantly exceed that of the other or when one spouse hasn’t worked because they stayed home to raise the children. In these cases, it becomes necessary for one spouse to provide spousal support or “maintenance” to the other so that the separation or divorce does not impose undue hardship. The court considers several factors before awarding this monetary support, such as: the number of years the couple has been married; suitability of the non-working spouse for immediate employment; any existing disabilities; medical hardship; special needs of the children, etc.
Spousal support (alimony) issues require the talent of an experienced legal expert at your side, whether you desire the support or are being asked to provide it. It can quickly become a heated issue even in the most amicable of divorces. It’s important to have an experienced divorce lawyer as your representative especially in court. In Rio Rancho, New Mexico, divorce lawyer Dorene Kuffer represents individuals who are either seeking spousal support (alimony) or have spouses attempting to obtain monetary support from them.
When is Spousal Support Granted in New Mexico?
New Mexico spousal support laws allow spousal support to be granted, but the individual requesting support must demonstrate why he or she needs it. If the parties do not agree, a judge determines if spousal support is appropriate. Once you agree or a judge orders spousal support, it is binding and must be paid.
A common scenario is where one person worked throughout the marriage while the other took care of the home and children. A judge may order the working spouse to provide spousal support to the non-working spouse for a short period of time or an indefinite one (even until death). It is vital that you have an expert representing you, no matter which side you’re on. Dorene Kuffer has successfully represented both husbands and wives in separations and divorces involving spousal support.
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If you need help with divorce or spousal support, divorce lawyer Dorene Kuffer’s experience can help you to reach your goal. Let her over 30 years of courtroom and negotiating experience benefit you.
If you are seeking help with divorce, spousal support, or any other family law matter, Dorene Kuffer will provide you rare personal attention. Contact us to schedule a consultation at our New Mexico family law firm.