Maintenance, also known as alimony or spousal support, eligibility and the specific criteria for receiving it in Missouri can vary depending on your individual circumstances and the court’s decision. The court considers various factors when determining whether maintenance is appropriate, and these factors can include:
- Financial Need: The court will assess whether you have a financial need for maintenance. If you can support yourself adequately without it, you may not qualify.
- Ability to Pay: The court will also consider your spouse’s ability to pay maintenance. If your spouse doesn’t have the financial means to pay maintenance, it may not be awarded.
- Duration of the Marriage: The length of your marriage can be a factor. Longer marriages may be more likely to result in maintenance being awarded.
- Standard of Living: The court may consider the standard of living established during the marriage and whether it’s feasible for both parties to maintain it post-divorce.
- Contributions to the Marriage: The court will evaluate each spouse’s contributions to the marriage, including financial, homemaking, and child-rearing contributions.
- Age and Health: Your age and health may be considered. For example, if you have health issues that prevent you from working, this could weigh in favor of maintenance.
- Education and Employment History: Your education, job skills, and employment history will also be taken into account. If you need further education or job training to become self-sufficient, this may be a factor.
- Child Custody and Support: If you have children and are the primary custodian, this could influence maintenance decisions. Child support obligations will also be considered.
- Marital Misconduct: In some cases, marital misconduct (e.g., adultery or abuse) may be considered, but Missouri is a no-fault divorce state, so this is generally not a primary factor.
It’s important to consult with an attorney who specializes in family law in Missouri to discuss your specific situation and determine your eligibility for maintenance. They can provide guidance on the likelihood of maintenance being awarded in your case and help you navigate the legal process. Additionally, the court’s decision regarding maintenance can vary based on the judge’s discretion and the unique details of your divorce.
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.