What is the difference between maintenance and alimony?
Some people confuse maintenance and alimony. The truth is they're the same thing. Maintenance is what was formally known as alimony. In determining whether or not maintenance should be awarded the courts look at certain factors. Some of these factors include the length of the marriage, disparity of income between the parties, or the earning capacity of one party, the physical and mental health of the parties and other resources of the parties. The truth is that maintenance is purely the wildcard of divorce. There is no schedule or formula spelled out in the law. So it really matters that you hire a good attorney in these instances. At Lawton & Cates, each of the members of our family law team have experience in dealing with maintenance issues, and we can help maximize a maintenance award that you feel you deserve or help minimize any liability you might have incurred because of maintenance.