Spousal Maintenance - the payment of money from one spouse (or former spouse) to the other spouse (or former spouse). The purpose of maintenance is to ultimately allow the party receiving the maintenance to become financially self-sufficient. You can receive maintenance at the same time as child support, however, the amount you receive in maintenance can and probably will reduce how much child support you receive.
Maintenance may be awarded regardless of gender. A request for maintenance must be made in your Complaint or Answer.
In deciding whether you are eligible for maintenance, the Court considers the following factors:
Temporary Spousal Maintenance is calculated by taking the lower of the following options: