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Am I stuck paying alimony for the rest of my life?

Divorce is life-changing for many reasons. Besides the obvious ending of a marriage, a divorce can have a huge financial impact on both parties.

Alimony is a part of many divorce cases. It is often awarded in cases where one spouse made significantly less money than the other, or when one spouse stayed at home to take care of children during the marriage.

The spouse who is expected to pay spousal support may have several concerns:

How much am I expected to pay?

The amount of alimony paid is dependent on a number of factors, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The earning capacity of both parties
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The financial needs of both parties
  • Non-monetary contributions to the marriage (raising children or tending to household duties, for example)
  • And more

In short, there are multiple factors considered when determining if and how much alimony will be paid. Talk to your attorney if you have specific concerns.

How long will I have to pay alimony?

In Colorado, alimony may be paid in any of the following ways:

  • Temporary: Alimony that is paid for a short period of time, usually throughout the duration of the divorce process
  • Rehabilitative: Alimony that is paid for period of time to allow the receiving spouse to become self-supporting
  • Permanent: Alimony that is paid for an indefinite period of time (until the receiving spouse remarries, for example)

Will I have to pay alimony to my ex-spouse for the rest of my life?

Just because you have been ordered to pay alimony to your ex-spouse does not mean that you will have to pay alimony for the rest of your life. Although there are guidelines in this matter, judges have discretion when determining if and how much alimony will be paid - and how long alimony will be paid.

Even if permanent alimony is awarded, that doesn't necessarily mean that you will be paying alimony for the rest of your life.

If you experience a significant change in financial circumstances - job loss, change in income, or remarriage, for example - you can seek a modification of alimony.

Every alimony case is different. Talk to an attorney if you have particular concerns about spousal support in your divorce.

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