In legal terms, “maintenance” typically refers to spousal support or alimony, which is financial support paid by one spouse to the other after a divorce or separation. In Missouri, like in many other states, both men and women can potentially be eligible to receive maintenance, depending on the specific circumstances of the case.
Missouri courts consider various factors when determining whether to award maintenance, including:
- The financial resources of both spouses.
- The standard of living established during the marriage.
- The length of the marriage.
- The age, physical and emotional condition of both spouses.
- The ability of the spouse seeking maintenance to meet their needs independently.
- The comparative earning capacity of each spouse.
Courts will assess these factors to determine if one spouse has a financial need for maintenance and if the other spouse has the ability to pay. It’s important to note that maintenance is not automatically granted, and each case is unique.
If you have specific legal questions or need advice regarding maintenance in Missouri, it’s recommended to consult with a family law attorney who can provide guidance based on the details of your situation. Legal outcomes can vary, and an attorney can help you navigate the complexities of family law in the state.
At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work. Contact us for a consultation at (314) 314-5505.