Following a divorce or legal separation, the court may order spousal support to be paid by one of the parties to the other. In order to do so, under Missouri law, the party seeking maintenance must lack sufficient property to meet his or her reasonable needs and must be unable to meet those needs through employment.
Whether you are looking to receive support or have questions on your requirement to pay, contact our spousal support law office for answers.
Experienced St. Louis Spousal Support Attorney
If the reasonable needs cannot be met following a divorce, then the court considers a number of factors when determining the amount and length of spousal support, also known as maintenance or alimony. These factors include length of the marriage, misconduct by either party, and ability of the supporting spouse to pay.
It is important to hire a communicative attorney to present these factors to the court.
Alimony in St. Louis, Missouri
Spousal support can be ordered to have an end date or can be modifiable. It will end only upon a defined end date, order of the court, death of either party, or remarriage by the party receiving support.
Maintenance can be Critical to Survival after Divorce
In many cases, particularly with older clients, maintenance may be the largest source of income for a divorcing spouse. Our firm is experienced in fighting for the best support award possible based on your set of circumstances.
Are you seeking spousal support in your divorce?
Contact St. Louis maintenance lawyer Stephen Bardol for your divorce or legal separation.