Spousal Support - Alimony
Spousal support (commonly referred to as alimony) can be one of the more contentious and complex issues in a divorce. This is particularly true when spouses are divorcing after a lengthy marriage or if there are significant differences in earnings or earning potential.
New Mexico courts are required to take a number of factors into consideration when determining whether to award spousal support. These include:
- Relative earning capacities of each spouse
- Income of each spouse
- Ages and health status of the spouses
- Length of the marriage
- The standard of living or lifestyle over the course of the marriage
- The type and nature of each spouse’s assets
- Income produced by the property owned by each spouse
- Agreements entered into by the spouses in contemplation of their dissolution of marriage or legal separation, such as a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement
An award of spousal support is within the discretion of the court and often with a wide range of potential outcomes. Presentation of evidence on either side of a spousal support case requires unique expertise.
The attorneys at Little, Gilman-Tepper & Batley, P.A. have substantial experience in litigating complex spousal support cases as well as addressing these issues outside of court in a collaborative setting and through mediation, facilitation, or direct negotiations.
Contact our attorneys to help you resolve your concerns about the issues involving spousal support.