Protecting Rights in Spousal Support Matters & Alimony Disputes

Alimony DisputesFor more than 35 years, the divorce lawyers of Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, LLC have worked on behalf of clients throughout Colorado involved in contentious disputes over alimony issues as part of family law proceedings. Our goal is to obtain fair terms for alimony payments — sometimes called spousal support or spousal maintenance — for every client, whether in a negotiated settlement or before a judge in court. Our attorneys are here to support and represent you in making certain that any alimony award in your Colorado divorce case is objectively fair given your specific circumstances.

Factors for spousal support in Colorado

As with any decisions that continue after the date of the divorce — such as child custody and child support — the court considers numerous factors related to domestic issues in awarding alimony and deciding the value of such awards. Courts need to determine the following:
  • How much is each spouse currently earning?
  • How much will each spouse earn after divorce?
  • How long was the marriage?
  • What was the standard of living during the marriage?
  • How many children are there and how old are they?
  • Did one spouse support the other in educational pursuits?
  • Was one spouse a homemaker while the other worked?

With so many factors involved, there’s an enormous range of possible outcomes — outcomes that experienced attorneys who can present a compelling, fact-supported argument can strive for in any hearing.

No gender preference in Colorado alimony laws

Colorado alimony law does not favor one gender over the other. All court decisions should be gender neutral and based on objective criteria, such as a comparison of the spouses’ actual and potential earnings. Naturally, the law makes allowances for the children’s needs, especially during tender years, so courts will not expect a custodial parent of young children to work immediately after a dissolution. Our attorneys recognize the tension between the desire to be self-supporting and the duties of child-rearing. We advocate reliably for your best interests so you can obtain the most appropriate alimony order possible.

Although we are not tax attorney’s we will guide you through the tax consequences of alimony payments, which are tax deductible to the payer and must be declared as taxable income by the payee. The divorce attorneys at Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg consider these factors when negotiating or litigating your best spousal support solution.

When difficult questions arise in Colorado alimony disputes or calculations, Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg, LLC are here to provide reliable, compassionate care in even the most complex situations. With more than three decades of legal practice on the Front Range and Western Slope, we’re ready to serve families throughout Colorado from our offices in Boulder and Vail.