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Can I get spousal maintenance in Missouri?

Spousal maintenance is awarded in Missouri in some cases. There is no formula for the calculation however, and the award of maintenance is determined on a case by case basis. A rule of thumb is that the marriage must be lengthy (10 years or so — but this is not a legal requirement), and there is a large difference in income between the parties. Spousal maintenance is based on need and ability to pay, and is not used as a punishment for misconduct during the marriage. The duration of the maintenance may be limited or unlimited, depending on the circumstances.

Mark A. Wortman

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Kansas City family law attorney Mark A. Wortman handles only divorce and family law matters, and practices only in the State of Missouri. Due to this specialty, Mark Wortman has handled thousands of Missouri divorce and family cases and has practiced… Read More