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Q: alimony/child support in maryland ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: alimony/child support in maryland
Category: Relationships and Society > Law
Asked by: zorba139-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 13 May 2006 10:11 PDT
Expires: 12 Jun 2006 10:11 PDT
Question ID: 728438
A husband and wife are 50 years old and are married for 12 years with
3 minor kids (5-7-10)in MD.
The husband earns about $90,000 gross a year and the wife is mainly at
home and with the kids and at a part time job does or can do $20,000 a
The couple have a mortgaged house ($3,000 payment a month) with equity
of about $200,000/250,000. The husband promised the wife that if they divorce
he will leave her the house and she will continue to pay the mortgage.
The full custody of the kids will be with the wife.

The question-If this couple divorces - what will be the *estimated*
alimony and child support the husband will have to pay the wife each

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 14 May 2006 09:04 PDT
One law firm calls the alimony situation in Maryland a "moving
target", and it may not be realistic to expect to find any numbers
'typical' to your situation.

Let me know if this overview is helpful at all:
Maryland Alimony


Clarification of Question by zorba139-ga on 14 May 2006 10:32 PDT
Thanks pafalafa.
I already went over some of the lawyers sites but what I actually need
is an estimated figure-mainly concerning the alimony, based on the
details I supplied.
In gozzy11-ga's comment (Thanks gozzy11-ga!) he mentioned a few points
that must be taken in consideration as to the alimony and here are the

-Wife has no education.
-Wife is about 50 years old and will find it hard to get a job, also
taking into account that she has to 'deal' with the 3 minor kids
(taking to and from school,friends and so and so...).
Concerning the house - the husband has promised it to the wife in writing.
I'm aware that it's hard to give a figure but what I realy need an
estimated figure ("from $x to $y a month)

Clarification of Question by zorba139-ga on 14 May 2006 10:59 PDT
Just to make it easier to answer - The husband and wife (it's not
me...) have signed a year ago a seperation agreement stating how much
the husband will pay as child support (-$1,800), and alimony.
They have not yet filed the agreement in court and the husband feels
he is over paying alimony based on the details I gave.
The purpose of the question is to see if he is paying a reasonable
alimony payment or is way out of line.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 14 May 2006 11:39 PDT
Take a look at this case:

which, while hardly identical, has enough similarity to the situation
described in your question as to be useful, I think.

The case revolves around an alimony payment initally set at $1,400 per
month, and disputed by the recipient.

Let me know if this is useful and, if so, what additional information
you would like to have to make for a full answer to your question.


Clarification of Question by zorba139-ga on 14 May 2006 12:12 PDT
Thanks for the link you gave...
The reason I submitted the question was to avoid me reading these 35
page court cases... :-))
YOU read this case and give me a rough estimated figure for the
alimony and is it supposed to be indefinate or with a time limit and
that will do as an answer.
Subject: Re: alimony/child support in maryland
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 14 May 2006 13:06 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

Here is what I found on alimony in Maryland, but please bear in mind
the caveat at the bottom of this page -- Google Answers is no
susbstitute for professional legal advice.

Maryland law seems to strongly favor rehabilitative alimony -- a
temporary payment of support to assist the economically dependent
ex-spouse to become economically independent.  Courts may still award
permanent alimony if they find that the lifestyles of the exes will be
"unconscionably disparate", and that the lower-earning ex hasn't the
wherewithal to increase his or her earnings.

Two recent cases that address alimony for an economically-dependent
spouse, and a reasonably successful wage-earner (both cases involve
income of about $100,000-$200,000 per year) are:


This case awarded rehabilitative alimony of $1,400 per month for 23
months.  It initally also allowed for $1,000 per month in indefinite
alimony, but this was ultimately vacated on appeal (the ultimate
status of the indefinite alimony is not yet part of the court record,
and may have been settled out of court, or is still pending).

Simonds v. Simonds

Rehabilitative alimony in this case was awarded at $5,500 per month
for the first 24 months, followed by $4,500 per month for another 12
months to "...allow the [Appellant] to find suitable employment and
become self-sufficient..."

The case further notes the following:

...[I]t is well settled in Maryland that the ?statutory scheme
generally favors fixed-term or so-called rehabilitative alimony,?
rather than indefinite alimony....

...Underlying Maryland?s statutory preference is the conviction that
?the purpose of alimony is not to provide a lifetime pension, but
where practicable to ease the transition for the parties from the
joint married state to their new status as single people living apart
and independently...

...The essential purpose of alimony was changed with the adoption of
the Maryland Alimony Act in 1980 (?Act?). Where the principal function
of alimony once had been maintenance of the recipient, dependent
spouse?s standard of living, upon passage of the Act, that function
became rehabilitation of the economically dependant spouse.

...the court may award indefinite alimony upon a finding that even
after the party seeking alimony will have made as much progress toward
becoming selfsupporting as can reasonably be expected, the respective
standards of living of the parties will be unconscionably disparate.


I trust this information will help inform the situation in the current case.

If there's anything more I can do for you on this, please let me know
by posting a Request for Clarification.


search strategy -- Searched Google and several legal databases for [
maryland alimony ]
zorba139-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks pafalafa.
Although you didn't supply a figure I was asking for - this will do.

Subject: Re: alimony/child support in maryland
From: gozzy11-ga on 14 May 2006 07:01 PDT
Most states have web sites where one can find the guidelines for child
support for that state but the formula will included husband and wife
income to determine the child support

On alimony it's a different standard there is no set guidelines to
many factors to considered. Ie: wife education, ability to return to
work etc. also in this case if the husband turns over the house to
wife the equity within the house which the wife will receive will be
in the formula on how much alimony the wife will recieve. Though given
the emotion of divorce what the husband may say before divorce and
what the husband will agree to durring the divorce is often not the

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