Posted on behalf of Jeffrey N. Greenblatt of Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA posted in Divorce on Friday, November 14, 2014.
People in Maryland who have gone through a divorce may feel as if a great weight has been lifted off of their shoulders. In some ways, it certainly has. Getting out of a messy divorce or a bad relationship can be a very freeing feeling, but for parents and people with alimony orders, it may not be the end of their legal obligations to their children or their ex-spouse.
In a Maryland divorce, there is always the possibility that one party will be required to pay alimony to the other party. Generally this is based on the income of each party as well as their reasonable needs of the person receiving the support. Depending on the situation, the court may grant alimony for a short period of time until the receiving party is able to get on their feet and support themselves. However, in some cases the temporary rehabilitative alimony order can be extended, and in some cases alimony can even be ordered to run indefinitely.
Not surprisingly, a lot of divorced people don’t like the idea of having to pay their ex’s bills for months or even years after their divorce, so it’s reasonable to assume that most people will try to petition the court to reduce the length or amount of their initial alimony award. Whether you’re the person paying alimony or a person seeking to extend or continue receipt of alimony, it’s important to have the help of an experienced Maryland family law attorney in securing or defending against post-divorce modifications of alimony or child support.
Let’s face it, the court system isn’t exactly user friendly, and although there has been a push to allow laypersons better access and knowledge about the family law process, it’s still a very confusing and convoluted place to be. Most people don’t want to spend any more time, money and headaches navigating the court system than they have to, and self-representation isn’t a viable or smart option for busy people with careers, children and things they’d rather be doing than hanging around the courthouse. An experienced Maryland attorney understands these facts, and is ready to step in and help people with their post-divorce modification needs.