Spousal Maintenance

In the state of Indiana, spousal maintenance, commonly referred to as spousal support or alimony, can be ordered by the judge in limited situations to accommodate the needs or lack of earning potential of one of the spouses.

At Cross, Pennamped, Woolsey & Glazier, P.C., we assist our clients in ensuring that their rights are protected as a spouse petitions for spousal support. Whether you are seeking to receive support or protecting your rights as a supporting spouse, our lawyers will provide you with the legal solutions you need, explaining all rights and options throughout the course of the matter.

To learn more about spousal support and how it may apply to your divorce situation, please contact our law offices today to schedule a consultation. Call us at 317-669-9134 or toll free at 800-461-7459.

Temporary Spousal Maintenance As The Divorce Proceeds

In some cases, one spouse can petition to receive spousal maintenance as the divorce is being resolved. This is generally only granted in situations where that spouse has extenuating circumstances or a lesser earning potential and cannot support a comparable standard of living as the divorce progresses.

These are temporary payments, but the amount required can sometimes play a role in the amount of spousal support a judge will order in the final decree.

Post-Decree Spousal Maintenance

The court will grant permanent spousal maintenance only if:

  • The supported spouse has a mental or physical disability that materially impairs his or her ability to work and earn money to support himself or herself.
  • The supported spouse is caring for a child or a special needs individual and cannot work.

The court may award temporary maintenance for a period of up to three (3) years if it finds that a spouse has been out of the workforce as a homemaker during the marriage and requires training or education to re-enter the job market.

There are limits on how much and how long the supporting spouse will be obligated to pay in combined child support and spousal maintenance. Significant child support payments can be a variable, limiting the total amount the supporter may be ordered to pay to 60 percent of weekly adjusted income.

Our attorneys will provide you with a realistic understanding of how much spousal support may be required in your situation, based on the incomes and circumstances of all involved. We assist with support modifications, as well.