In Kentucky, maintenance is ordered or agreed upon by parties when one party to a divorce is unable to support himself or herself financially. In other jurisdictions, maintenance is also called either spousal support or alimony. Beyond the basic definition above, there are no set guidelines for how much, or for how long, maintenance should be set in Kentucky. Therefore, there are unlimited arguments made both for and against a maintenance award in any given case. If you are facing a maintenance claim, or are seeking a maintenance claim, it is imperative that you seek out an attorney to be in your corner.
If your spouse is seeking maintenance, you could be facing a significant monthly payment, for up to an unlimited amount of time. Therefore, in order to protect yourself and your financial future, it is necessary that you develop early on a strategy against any claim for maintenance, or at a minimum a strategy for minimizing and decreasing any substantial maintenance award.
Alternatively, if you have been a stay-at-home parent and out of the workforce for years, or disabled or otherwise unable to support yourself financially, you need to hire an attorney to assist you in determining how much you will need to support yourself financially, as well as how long you should seek maintenance.
At Craddock Law, PLLC we realize that maintenance is oftentimes the biggest disagreement and rock standing between you and a finalized divorce. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss how to move forward strategically on the issue of maintenance.