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Does Cheating Affect Alimony in Colorado?

People going through a divorce often have preconceived notions of alimony or spousal maintenance, including how it is affected when a divorce is caused by an adulterous spouse. Unfortunately, those preconceived notions of who pays and how much or for how long can be misguided. Colorado takes alimony very seriously. Lawmakers recognize that when couples marry, their finances become closely intertwined, and then it’s nearly impossible to distinguish the spouse’s contributions to the marital estate. …

Is Alimony Tax Deductible in Colorado?

You’re probably familiar with the term “alimony,” which is called “spousal maintenance” in Colorado. Spousal maintenance is financial support a higher-earning spouse pays to a lower-earning spouse during or after a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to help a dependent spouse become self-supporting after a divorce. For decades, alimony was tax deductible for the paying spouse and counted as income by the receiving spouse, but as of January 1, 2019, the laws changed. Effective January …

When Does Alimony End in Colorado?

Colorado refers to alimony as “spousal maintenance.” In a Colorado divorce case, a judge may order the higher-earning spouse to pay the lower-earning spouse maintenance while the case proceeds through the court. This is often called “pendent lite maintenance.” Once the divorce is finalized, the judge may also order short or long-term maintenance. Usually, such payments are paid on a biweekly or monthly basis for a specified length of time. Permanent alimony on the other hand, has …

Does Adultery Affect Alimony in Colorado?

Alimony in Colorado In Colorado, alimony or spousal support is technically called “spousal maintenance.” This refers to the money a higher-earning spouse pays to the lower-earning spouse during and after their divorce. The purpose behind spousal maintenance is to ensure the lower-earning spouse does not end up penniless because of the divorce. Beyond that, the goal is for both spouses to continue enjoying the same quality of living they enjoyed during marriage. Colorado Divorce Law About Adultery Since …

How Remarriage Impacts Alimony in Colorado

In the United States, spouses are expected to financially support each other and that does not necessarily end when a couple divorces. Often, one spouse will methodically withdraw from the workforce in order to take care of the couple’s home or to take care of the couple’s children full-time. Such extended absences from the workforce can affect a spouse’s earning capacity, and thus, the spouse who was unemployed or working part-time during a marriage can …

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