Gardner Spousal Maintenance Lawyers
Helping Clients Get Fair Alimony Determinations in a Divorce
In many divorce cases, the subject of alimony is an important issue, but also often a point of contention. Referred to as both maintenance and spousal support under Kansas law, this is a determination that can significantly impact a divorcing spouses financial future. You always want to fully understand your rights regarding spousal support, whether you are seeking support or your spouse wants you to provide support.
If spousal support might be an issue in your divorce, you need an experienced Gardner alimony attorney who can advise you of your rights and fight for a fair outcome. Call the trusted divorce team at Stockton & Stern, LLC to learn more today.
What is Spousal Maintenance?
The law recognizes that there is often a substantial income disparity between spouses, and that many spouses make professional sacrifices for the good of the family and household. The law believes that people should not have to struggle due to the marital sacrifices they made, and are entitled to financial support under certain circumstances. Consider the following scenario:
- Two people who are both working get married
- When they have a child, one spouse earns enough to support the household, so the other spouse stops working to care for their child
- Ten years later, they decide to get divorced
- The spouse who stayed home has been out of the workforce for a decade and does not have the training or recent experience needed to find a position that will support them on their own
- That spouse seeks maintenance while they gain the education or training necessary to support themselves
- This is only one situation in which maintenance may be an issue in a divorce case.
Spousal Support in Kansas
Each state has its own specific laws regarding spousal support after a divorce. In Kansas, the law permits a court to order maintenance that will allow a spouse to have a reasonable standard of living until they are financially independent enough to maintain that standard of living on their own. Maintenance is not intended to be permanent, and the court has the discretion to decide what type of alimony to award, such as temporary support during the divorce, short-term support after the divorce, or long-term support. Even long-term support has a limit of 121 months (except for special cases) and is usually reserved for cases involving lengthy marriages.
- Some factors the court will consider when awarding alimony include:
- How long the spouses were married
- The assets, income, and employability of each spouse
- Whether the spouses have children
- Whether one spouse made contributions to the educational or professional pursuits of the other
Contact Our Gardner Alimony Attorneys to Learn about Your Options
The spousal maintenance lawyers at Stockton & Stern, LLC assist clients seeking alimony, fighting alimony payments, or seeking modifications of an existing order. If you are getting divorced, you want the right legal representation from the start. Call 913-856-2828 or contact us online for more information about the many ways our legal team can help.