In the state of Colorado, spousal support is typically mandated because the dissolution of a marriage can leave one spouse financially disadvantaged or even destitute. In light of the fact that spouses often unite their financial lives, it is difficult to determine exactly how much each party contributed to the family finances. Spousal support is supposed to at least partially redress the severe financial harm that can occur to one party during the dissolution of a marriage.

Colorado’s legal authorities consider a number of different factors when deciding the amount of spousal support to order. These factors include the amount of each spouse’s total annual income, commonly owned marital property and all other relevant financial resources possessed by either party.

Generally, family courts work to enable a separation of resources that is reasonable and fair to both parties. The length of the dissolving marriage may also affect the amount of spousal support awarded to a spouse upon the dissolution of their marriage. If the marriage only lasted for three years, the spouse awarded benefits can only expect to receive financial support for a relatively brief period of the time. After 20 years of marriage and financial union, the support-receiving spouse can expect a much longer support period.

When a person is in the middle of a divorce, they can easily feel confused about how spousal support will affect their lives. Uncertainty can breed fear and depression for people who lack knowledge in how family law operates in Colorado. By proactively contacting an attorney with relevant skills, a person may achieve greater confidence in their financial situations. A skillful lawyer might potentially prevent the application of a spousal support order that is unfair and fiscally unrealistic.