In Part I of my series about alimony in Colorado (which you can read here), I discussed how alimony (officially called “maintenance”) is awarded as part of temporary orders while a divorce is pending. Specifically, that post dealt with the formula that is presumptively applied when the parties earn a combined annual income of $75,000 or less. In this post, I will continue with the discussion of temporary maintenance (that is, maintenance awarded before the divorce is final) for situations in which the spouses together earn more than $75,000 per year.
When the husband and wife’s combined annual income is greater than $75,000 per year, there is no presumptive formula or guideline for the court to apply. As such, the amount to be awarded is determined on a case-by-case basis. Each case is different, and different judges will calculate temporary alimony differently.
Step 1. Is a spouse eligible for temporary maintenance?