St. Louis & St. Charles Maintenance Lawyer
Qualified Attorney helps with Maintenance Cases
Sometimes when a couple gets divorced, one spouse is left in a significantly better financial situation than the other. For example, in some situations, one spouse may forego certain educational and/or professional opportunities to take care of the family while the other spouse pursues advanced degrees and gains professional experience. Following a divorce, one spouse will have a greater ability to support themselves in the future than the other. In such cases, the court will acknowledge the sacrifices that one spouse made for the family and can decide to award alimony, or maintenance, to even out the financial circumstances of the two parties. If you are facing a divorce that may involve an maintenance determination, attorney Kenneth P. Carp can help. Call our office today at (636) 947-3600 to schedule a free consultation.
Maintenance Determinations in St. Charles
Under Missouri law, a court can award maintenance if one spouse (1) lacks enough property to provide for their reasonable needs, and (2) is unable to obtain employment that will allow them to adequately support themselves. If the court decides that one spouse should receive maintenance, the next determination will be for how much and for how long. Courts will consider the following factors under the law:
- The financial situation and resources of each spouse
- The relative earning ability of each spouse
- How long it would take to receive training or education to obtain sufficient employment
- The standard of living enjoyed by each spouse throughout the marriage
- Marital property and debt division determinations
- How long the marriage lasted
- The age, mental, emotional, and physical condition of each spouse
These are only a few of the relevant factors for maintenance decisions in Missouri. If maintenance is an issue in your divorce case, you should always have an experienced attorney on your side who knows how to handle this type of case.
Contact a St. Charles family lawyer for a free consultation
Maintenance can be a very contentious issue and can also significantly affect your quality of life, whether you are the party receiving or paying. It is extremely important, therefore, for people who are considering divorce or currently involved in a dispute regarding maintenance to discuss their case with an attorney familiar with Missouri family law. Attorney Kenneth P. Carp has been representing clients with issues related to family law for over 20 years and is committed to obtaining the most favorable result possible in each case he handles. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Carp, please call our office today at (636) 947-3600 or email us through our online contact form available here.
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