Helping You Secure Fair Alimony In Your Utah Divorce
During marriage, one spouse will often take on the bulk of household and/or child-rearing responsibilities. This arrangement can have a long-term, stifling impact on the stay-at-home/part-time spouse’s career and educational opportunities. At Quackenbush Legal, PLLC, we fully understand the financial impact a divorce can have on those spouses. We also understand that as a result, an alimony/spousal support request may be required in order to maintain financial stability after the divorce is finalized.
The team of highly experienced attorneys at Quackenbush Legal, PLLC, is well-versed in family law. We have successfully helped hundreds of clients resolve contested and uncontested divorces through traditional means as well as mediation. If your spouse was the higher earner in your relationship, and a divorce will leave you struggling financially, we can help you seek appropriate support to help you transition into the next chapter of your life.
What Is Alimony/Spousal Support?
There are two types of alimony in Utah. First, if the parties are well beyond retirement and/or have no ability to work, then one spouse may be awarded permanent alimony. Most other awards for spousal support are based on the idea of rehabilitative alimony. The purpose of rehabilitative alimony is to ensure that the financially dependent spouse can maintain an acceptable standard of living for enough time to enable them to reach an equivalent career level as if they had not sacrificed their time and career opportunities to take on the role of homemaker and/or child caretaker. Rehabilitative alimony may be granted for a fixed number of years rather than lifetime support.
There are several factors that are used to determine whether alimony should be awarded. These factors include:
- Duration of the marriage
- Earning capacity of both spouses
- Fault in the divorce, if applicable (abuse, neglect, adultery)
- Whether one or both parents have child custody
- If one spouse financially supported the career/education of the other spouse
- Debts and living expenses
- The paying spouse’s ability to make alimony payments
The sacrifices you made to rear children and/or maintain the household should not result in impoverishment after divorce. At Quackenbush Legal, we can help obtain court orders as well as mediate and negotiate alimony awards so that you can receive adequate financial support until you can get back on your feet.
Work With Experienced Attorneys You Can Trust
If you would like to learn more about your options, we encourage you to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case. You can trust that the guidance we give you is customized to your unique situation. Call our Murray office at 385-955-5901 or reach us online through our contact form.