In Colorado, maintenance (also known as alimony) is intended to help ease the financial burdens associated with divorce. A financially disadvantaged spouse married for 3-years (or more) can request maintenance. In the past, Judges had very little guidance in determining when to award maintenance and even less regarding the amount or length of payments. The lack of legislative guidance produced dramatically inconsistent results within the same jurisdiction as well as across Colorado. The current guidelines were created to promote a uniform application of maintenance throughout the state. A spreadsheet based on the current guidelines calculates maintenance using the length of the marriage and the parties’ income. The guidelines have produced more consistent results.