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The Art of Negotiating Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is the payment from one spouse to the other. It is the recognition by the law that marriage is a joint endeavor and both parties should share in the fruits of that union. It is also one of the most difficult aspects of any divorce. Unlike child support, sometimes there’s no formula we can apply.

One judge could say $100 a month while another, with the same set of facts, may say $1,000 per month. Negotiating maintenance obligations presents special difficulties, and it’s encouraged that you protect your interests by working with an attorney who specializes in family law and especially spousal maintenance issues.

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