When a marriage ends, one spouse may pay the other spousal support or maintenance. The couple can agree on a fair maintenance arrangement together or ask the court to decide.
Review the factors that contribute to spousal support decisions before negotiating a divorce agreement.
The judge will review these factors when either party in divorce requests spousal support:
The court may also review any other pertinent factors specific to a case.
Colorado established a formula to determine the length of spousal support. The time span is based on the number of years married – from three to twenty – with specific percentages calculated for alimony paid anywhere from 11 to 120 months.
Spousal maintenance ends when either a spouse dies or the spouse receiving support enters another domestic partnership or marriage. Either person can also request a spousal support modification if financial circumstances change.