In a proceeding for divorce or legal separation, a court may also award maintenance. Maintenance is spousal support which some people also call alimony.

Courts do not frequently award maintenance and a spouse seeking maintenance bears the burden to prove that he or she is entitled to maintenance.  This form of spousal support can be ordered in any amount and for any duration of time as determined by the court. In determining an award of maintenance, a court will consider any number of factors including, but not limited to, the financial resources of the spouses, the standard of living established during the marriage, the length of the marriage, the age and physical condition of the spouses, the conduct of the parties during the marriage, and any other relevant factors.

A person seeking spousal support must be thoroughly prepared to present evidence in support of his or her request for maintenance as maintenance is difficult to prove and is not commonly awarded. Our family law attorneys at Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. will take the time to fully explain the whether maintenance is an option, and if so, thoroughly prepare for presenting evidence in support of maintenance at trial. Our divorce lawyers at Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. in Jefferson City regularly represent clients in divorce and court proceedings where spousal support is an issue.

In addition to divorce proceedings and legal separations, our family law attorneys and divorce lawyers provide professional representation for many family law matters including child custodychild support, marital property division, maintenance or spousal support, paternity, temporary hearings, adoption and termination of parental rights, pre-nuptial agreements, post judgment modifications, ex parte orders of adult protection, ex parte order of child protection, retraining orders, contempt and enforcement proceedings.  Our attorneys take the time to fully explain how the court “system” works, detail the law relevant to your case and outline realistic expectations.  You can expect a courteous and knowledgeable staff, access to experience attorneys and fair billing.

Our attorneys at Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. in Jefferson City have a reputation for excellence, thorough preparation and innovation. Our family law attorneys and divorce lawyers have diverse experience and complimentary talents to provide you attentive, efficient service. From our office in Jefferson City, Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. attorneys handle family law matters for clients throughout Mid-Missouri, in Jefferson City, Columbia, Eldon, Linn, Fulton, Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Camdenton, Versailles, Boonville, Mexico, Sedalia, Hermann, Vienna, Montgomery City, Waynesville, as well as the counties of Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, Montgomery, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, and others.

Contact our attorneys Scott Hamblin and Erin Wiseman.

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