Maine Alimony / Spousal Support

Maine alimony, also referred to as spousal support is the amount of money one spouse pays to the other, by court order or through agreement of the parties, for support and maintenance.

Maine spousal support is intended to preserve the economic status of both parties, as it existed during the marriage.

Types of Alimony Awarded in Maine

According to Maine Revised Statutes section 951-A(2) the courts may award one of five types of alimony. They are general, transitional, reimbursement, nominal and interim

General support may be awarded to provide financial assistance to a spouse with substantially less income potential than the other spouse so that both spouses can maintain a reasonable standard of living after the divorce.

Transitional support may be awarded to provide for a spouse's transitional needs, including, but not limited to

Reimbursement support may be awarded to achieve an equitable result in the overall dissolution of the parties' financial relationship in response to exceptional circumstances. Exceptional circumstances include, but are not limited to

Nominal support may be awarded to preserve the court's authority to grant spousal support in the future.

Interim support may be awarded to provide for a spouse's separate support during the pendency of an action for divorce or judicial separation.

Spousal support or maintenance in Maine can be awarded based on these factors:

Modification of Alimony in Maine

Maine spousal support can modified at any time the court finds "justice requires" such a modification.

Termination of Alimony in Maine

According to Maine Statutes section 951-A(3). Unless specifically stated otherwise in the order for support, alimony payments terminate when either spouse dies.

Maine statutes regarding alimony can be found here: Maine Revised Statutes

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