Alimony And Child Support
Louisville Lawyer Protecting Your Rights
Seldom is the financial relationship in a marriage 50-50. One person often earns more, and one often contributes more in other ways. When there is a dissolution of a marriage, the financial world changes for both spouses. Nothing will ever be the same again. “Standard of living” becomes a flexible phrase.
Ken Gibson’s job as a family law attorney is to find an equitable financial solution in those areas that are not dictated specifically by law. As a lawyer with training in collaborative law, he is adept at nonadversarial negotiating with the other spouse or opposing counsel to reach a solution which is as fair as possible.
There are two main types of support which are paid during and after divorce proceedings.
Kentucky Alimony Or Spousal Support/Maintenance
The issue of alimony is one in which there is not a pre-determined percentage of support one spouse must pay to the other. As with child support, be prepared to bring your tax returns, financial statements and checkbook register to a meeting with your lawyer. The following considerations factor into an alimony/spousal support/maintenance determination:
- Income of each spouse and disparity of income
- Length of marriage
- Medical considerations
- The requesting spouse’s ability to earn income
In addition, there are different types of maintenance:
- Temporary maintenance — an agreed upon amount while the divorce is pending
- Rehabilitative maintenance — a rare type of short-term maintenance (to finish college for example)
- Open-ended maintenance — an amount paid for the foreseeable future with court modification as an option (if income changes drastically for example)
- Closed-ended maintenance — an amount paid in either a lump sum, or over a period of time with an exact dollar figure as an end point
Kentucky Child Support
The state of Kentucky has a pre-determined formula for child support. Be prepared to bring tax returns, financial statements and your checkbook register to your attorney meeting. The state takes the following child support factors into consideration:
- Income of the custodial parent
- Income of the noncustodial parent
- Insurance costs for the children (whose plan? deductible amount? out of pocket costs?)
- Special needs children
- Child support owed/paid to children from previous relationships
Gibson Law Offices also helps with modifications of child support agreements which already exist, and can help you collect unpaid child support payments if that need arises.
Free Initial Consultation To Move Forward
Gibson Law Offices has experience with child support arrangements/modifications and alimony/spousal maintenance negotiations. We offer legal help that can help you move forward and leave your legal troubles behind. Call our toll-free number, 888-471-2808 for a free initial consultation or send our lawyer an email using the contact form.