Spousal Support

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Maintenance and Alimony in Missouri

Spousal Support

Part of the stress that comes with the end of a marriage involves money. A spouse who may have put a career on hold to raise children is now faced with an uncertain financial future. At the Law Office of Barbara Graham, LLC, I dedicate myself to maximizing the spousal support my clients are entitled to under Missouri law.

How Is Spousal Support Determined?

Commonly known in Missouri as maintenance, spousal support does not enjoy the strict formulas that determine child support. It involves various factors that include length of the marriage and difference in income between the spouses. Sometimes that disparity can be significant, especially if a spouse chose to stay at home.

For help determining spousal support amounts and negotiating agreements, contact my law office at 314-725-7600 .


Is Maintenance Permanent?

At the Law Office of Barbara Graham, LLC, I inform my clients that spousal support is not meant to be permanent. In Missouri, divorced spouses have a duty to become self-supporting. Progress must be made in securing employment or pursuing a career. That may involve education or accepting an entry-level position in their desired field.

Determining spousal support for my clients often involves candid discussions regarding the steps they need to take to become self-sufficient. Failure to actively pursue a sustainable income could result in termination of maintenance.

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For more information or to schedule an appointment with an experienced St. Louis divorce lawyer regarding spousal support arrangements, please contact me.

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