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In marriage, spouses often divide the tasks of child rearing, homemaking, providing income, etc. In divorce, legal separation or annulment, parties often find themselves with education, career experience levels or separate property (property acquired outside the marriage) that leave them with different abilities to provide for themselves and their families, once the marriage has ended.  To address this issue, Colorado law provides for maintenance (known in many states as “alimony”) or spousal support.  The primary statue is §14-10-114, C.R.S.

 

Maintenance is intended to provide for the reasonable needs of divorced persons who lack sufficient property, education, or employment income to provide for themselves.  The court considers many factors in determining maintenance, such as the property division, the parties' standard of living during the marriage, the length of the marriage, the age and health of the parties, and the payor spouse's ability to pay maintenance.

 

​Maintenance or Alimony/Spousal Support

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