Alternative Spousal Maintenance Rules
Below are some examples of alternative methods of calculating spousal maintenance:
- Determined by the applicable law: This option is the most unpredictable, as it depends on the law that is in effect in the state that you live in at the time.
- Equalization of Incomes: The party with a higher income at the time shall pay the party with a lower income enough to equalize the parties’ incomes.
- Percentage of Difference in Incomes: The party with a higher income at the time shall pay the party with a lower income a percentage of the difference in the parties’ incomes.
- Specific Amount. The agreement can specify a dollar amount to be paid annually. If you select this option, the amount should be adjusted for inflation.
- Placing a cap on alimony payments. A couple may agree upon a certain calculation up to a certain amount.
- Conditional maintenance. A couple may agree upon maintenance under certain conditions, such as the birth of a child, reaching a certain anniversary of the marriage, or the disability of one party.
- Limitation on sources of maintenance. A couple can agree to limit the income sources that are used to calculate the amount of maintenance.