a moving target in Maryland and new cases show an
evolving and redefining of when alimony is appropriate to be
granted by state trial court judge.
Generally, the Court can grant what is called
Pendente Lite alimony or in simple terms, temporary
support. Temporary support is meant to keep things in a
status quo until the Court can sort out the real
needs of the parties. The Court does look at both the
need of the party requesting support and the ability of
the other party to pay and still maintain a standard of
In the end the Court can grant permanent or
rehabilitative alimony. The Court looks at the following
criteria is granting alimony.
(1) The ability to be
wholly or partly self-supporting.
(2) The time necessary
to gain sufficient education or training to find
suitable employment or the current employment of the
party requesting alimony as compared to any disparity in
incomes between the parties.
(3) The parties’
standard of living during the marriage.
(4) The duration of
(5) Each party’s
contributions, monetary and non-monetary, to the
well-being of the family
(6) The circumstances
that contributed to the parties’ estrangement
(7) Each party’s age
(8) Each party’s
physical and mental condition
(9) The ability of the
party from who alimony is sought to meet that party’s
needs while meeting the needs of the party seeking
(10) Any previous
agreement(s) between the parties.
(11) Tee financial
needs and resources of each party.
(12) any other
relevant factor the Court may deem relevant.