Spousal Maintenance (Alimony)
Spousal maintenance (alimony) is often a hotly contested issue in Kansas divorce cases and Missouri dissolution of marriage cases. Determining the proper amount of spousal maintenance in Kansas divorces and Missouri dissolutions of marriage can be difficult because neither state has a set formula for determining the proper amount or duration of spousal maintenance. Further, spousal maintenance is not a guaranteed right in either a Kansas divorce or a Missouri dissolution of marriage. Both states’ courts use many factors to determine whether an award of maintenance is proper, and to determine the proper amount and duration of the spousal maintenance if awarded by a district or circuit court judge. Kansas statutes do provide durational limits on spousal maintenance awards in divorce actions. Durational limits in Missouri dissolutions are common. But unlike Kansas divorces, Missouri dissolutions do have an avenue that can provide for a permanent maintenance obligation. Some local courts, like the District Court of Johnson County, Kansas, maintain “guidelines” that can assist divorcing spouses and their attorneys in estimating what the court might order, but those guidelines are not “law.” If you, a family member, or a friend needs assistance with determining the appropriate spousal maintenance calculation in a Kansas divorce or Missouri dissolution of marriage, contact the Flynn Law Firm today. Our experienced divorce attorneys have helped hundreds of clients through the proper calculation of spousal support in the family courts of Jackson County, Johnson County, Wyandotte County, Platte County, Cass County, Clay County, Miami County and others.