Spousal Maintenance Empowering Clients To Take Back Control

Spousal Maintenance Attorney in Indianapolis

How Is Spousal Support Decided in Indiana?

Close up of a hand holding 100 dollar bills.The decision to award alimony to either of spouse in a divorce is not automatic. Instead, Indiana state law provides that the family law court may decide to order payment of spousal maintenance based on certain circumstances. If the parties to the divorce previously executed a prenuptial agreement that specifically addressed the question of spousal maintenance, this is taken into account. In most cases, however, the issue will not come up unless one of the spouses requests it in the petition for divorce or during negotiations in an uncontested divorce.

Have questions about how spousal support works in Indiana? Contact our Indianapolis spousal maintenance lawyers online or call us at (317) 565-2221 today.

When determining whether or not to award spousal maintenance to either party, a judge will consider several factors including the following:

  • Financial circumstances of each spouse, both in respect to their economic resources and their income capacity. If either spouse is at risk of being placed in financial hardship after the divorce, he or she is more likely to be granted a request for alimony.
  • Which parent will receive child custody, as well as how much each spouse will receive in the division of assets. In many cases, spousal maintenance is awarded on a temporary basis with the purpose of providing the recipient with the necessary wherewithal to pursue the training or education needed to find suitable employment to become financially independent.

What Does Spousal Support Include?

Spousal maintenance is intended to cover one spouse’s reasonable monthly expenses to help him or her maintain the same standard of living he or she enjoyed during the marriage. These payments may include:

  • Mortgage or rent;
  • Gas/electric/water/sewer;
  • Internet/telephone/cell phone bills;
  • Clothing/footwear/personal hygiene items;
  • Groceries;
  • Transportation fees (auto repair/maintenance/payment/insurance, gas, parking, bus fare, etc.);
  • Medical insurance/supplies;
  • Any other life expenses that the court deems necessary.

In some cases, expenses related to the parties’ children that were not covered by child support may also be factored in.

How Long Can You Get Spousal Maintenance?

The duration of spousal maintenance in Indiana depends on the type:

  • Temporary maintenance is appropriate in situations where one spouse is unemployed and doesn’t earn enough to pay for a new household during the divorce without help from the other spouse. This type of support ends after the judge issues a new support order and/or the divorce is finalized.
  • If one spouse is unable to work due to physical or mental incapacitation, or due to caring for a child with special needs, the judge may award support for as long as necessary, which could be short- or long-term depending on the circumstances.
  • Rehabilitative support is awarded when the court believes that one spouse can become financially independent if provided with support while receiving an education or training to become employable.

Get a Free Consultation With Our Indianapolis Spousal Maintenance Lawyer!

Whether you are anxious to receive spousal maintenance or worried that you will be ordered to pay, come to Bowen & Associates, LLC for help from an Indianapolis spousal maintenance attorney who has more than a decade of experience. We understand how much is at stake for your future since the question of spousal maintenance could easily determine whether you are able to smoothly transition back into single life or are left struggling to make ends meet.

Contact us for a free case evaluation to discuss your concerns and learn more about how our Indianapolis spousal maintenance lawyer can help you!

What Sets Us Apart?

Experienced & Dedicated Counsel
  • Efficiency You Deserve

    Time is money—and at our firm, we believe that efficient, responsive communication is essential to ensure our counsel is providing the highest value. We work diligently to create a nearly paperless office and prefer to handle almost all communication electronically.

  • Client Focused - Results Driven

    We aim to form long-term client relationships that will prove beneficial both now and in the future.  You can rest assured that when you retain our legal team, we will take the time to understand you and your case, and remain fully engaged from start to finish.

  • Creative Solutions to Meet Your Goals

    Imagination, excellence, and a passion for practical solutions contribute to our foundation. When you work with us, you can have confidence in the fact that we will be doing everything we can to achieve the best possible results for you.

  • Big-City Experience, Small-Firm Atmosphere

    Our firm may be small, but our team is known for getting results by maintaining a strong commitment to being practical and sensible. We provide personalized legal solutions and the supportive assistance you deserve. 

  • green indy bar
  • indy bar
  • indy
  • Collaborative Law Practice
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Rated by Super Lawyers
  • Avvo 10.0


Our Results Speak for Themselves
    I was contacted the SAME DAY by Justin Bowen who had already reviewed my case info and had facts and answers for me!!!

    “I was contacted the SAME DAY by Justin Bowen who had already reviewed my case info and had facts and answers for me!!!”

    - Desiree S.
    The office staff and Justin had a calming quality about them which just helped me to calm down.

    “I called Justin Bowen because I needed an attorney for my recent DUI and being a RN that only complicated things. I was very anxious about the whole ordeal. The office staff and Justin had a calming quality about them which just helped me to calm down.”

    - Kelly W.
    One of the best lawyers I have dealt with concerning family issues.

    “I retained Justin for a protection order that my daughter's father had filed against me. Justin showed up and showed outputting his skills of many years of knowing the law to work. The frustration on my daughter's father's face was very pleasing to see.”

    - Lakia B.
    They never stopped working, even up to the last day before our hearing, to try to get me the best outcome possible. I couldn't have been happier with my agreement.

    “Being a father trying to get custody of your child is an extremely difficult process and they were both very patient in explaining all of my options and what costs/benefits were associated with these options. They never stopped working, even up to the last”

    - Nick E.
    She described him as incredibly smart, strategic, fair, and able to keep even the most challenging situation calm.

    “I was referred to Justin by a friend who went through a divorce shortly before my own. She described him as incredibly smart, strategic, fair, and able to keep even the most challenging situation ...”

    - Muhammad Y.

Contact Us

Call (317) 565-2221 or Fill Out the Form Below to Take Your First Step
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.