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Enforcing, Modifying & Determining Alimony
Alimony, usually now called spousal support, is an important part of any divorce or legal separation. In a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce, this issue will need to be addressed. Your divorce attorney will play a big part in the outcome of this– and thus it is important to choose a lawyer who will be able to use experience, persistence and dedication in order to successfully represent you during negotiations or in court.
Hawaii courts can award maintenance to one spouse. Maintenance, also referred to as “alimony” and “spousal support”, is presented in the form of a payment of money from one spouse to another. This happens usually in the form of a lump sum or monthly payment. Either spouse, male or female, can be ordered to pay maintenance to their spouse by the court.
If you are going through a divorce, and alimony is an issue, contact a lawyer at Ohana Legal. Our team will work to develop a legal strategy to help you win your case.
Determining Spousal Support Payments and Duration
The court has broad discretion to award any amount of money that is necessary for support. Your attorney will play a big part in showing the necessary information and facts to help you reach the goals you are hoping for in regards to maintenance payments. The judge will examine the following before awarding spousal support:
The length of the marriage
The conduct of the parties during the marriage
Age and health of the parties
Occupations of the parties and their incomes
Sources of income
Vocational skills and employability of the spouses
Assets and debts of the parties
Any special needs of the parties
The opportunity of the parties to acquire future income and assets
Spousal support is often one of the most difficult situations to deal with in the divorce process because it affects the current and future lifestyles of both spouses. No one wants to be hindered financially by the payment or lack of alimony.
Ohana Legal: Spousal Support Lawyers in Hawaii
If you are encountering problems with spousal support, contact Ohana Legal. We will represent you and aggressively fight the financial limitations that spousal support often presents. Contact a Hawaii Spousal Support Attorney at Ohana Legal regarding your spousal support or maintenance issue!