Maintenance Guidelines

In January of 2015 maintenance (alimony) guidelines were adopted by the Colorado legislature. Unlike the child support guidelines which must be followed in nearly all cases, the maintenance guidelines do not create a presumption, and are only advisory in nature. However, since these guidelines went into effect, my experience suggests that about 85-90% of maintenance cases are resolved through the use of the guidelines. Thus, the guidelines are very useful in predicting both the amount and duration of what a court might do if your situation involves maintenance to be paid from the higher income party to the lower income party.

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