A Colorado judge will consider multiple factors when determining the appropriate amount of alimony. While based on a set criteria outlined in the Colorado Revised Statues, there is also a calculator designed by the Colorado Judicial Branch that can help to make a rough estimate on the amount and duration of spousal maintenance. In the end, the judge makes the finalizing decision on alimony. The decision is based on the circumstances previously discussed and any other pertinent factors.
On the surface, alimony and child support may look very similar, but there is a key difference. Alimony is paid to the dependent spouse to ensure that they can maintain a similar quality of life during and after a divorce. The length of alimony payments is generally determined by a judge, but payments end when the spouse remarries. In Colorado, there is no guarantee that a spouse will receive alimony, regardless of their financial situation.
Child support, on the other hand, is automatically designated for the children in a divorce. This money is intended to support the basic needs of the child, including expenses such as food, clothing, and medical care.