Is Colorado an Alimony State?
Yes. Colorado Courts have the authority to grant alimony, also known as maintenance, in certain divorce cases. The amount and length of alimony payments vary depending on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, relative earning capacities of the parties, and the standard of living during the marriage.
How do alimony payments work?
Alimony, also called maintenance, is an amount of money awarded by the court from one spouse to the other as continuing support after the marriage has ended. These payments are usually made on a monthly basis from one party to the other.
How long do alimony payments last?
Under the family laws of Colorado, alimony or spousal support is often paid for a set term and can be awarded on a temporary basis. Alimony or maintenance may also be modifiable or non-modifiable by agreement of the parties.The duration of maintenance depends on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage.
Is alimony modifiable?
In Colorado, maintenance is modifiable by the court unless the parties enter into contractual maintenance. The parties can contract on the amount and/or term of maintenance. If maintenance is modifiable it stays modifiable (unless later on it is terminated or the parties agree to something else). After 20 years of marriage the maintenance term is a minimum of 10 years, but parties could agree to something else.
Is alimony the same as child support?
Maintenance and child support payments both support the needs of a family, but are based on two different legal constructs. Each payment is individual of the other but the amount paid for one can influence the amount of the other.
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