Commonly known as "alimony," maintenance is Colorado's term for spousal support.
The term of a maintenance award is based on the length of time the parties were married. For long-term marriages, this can result in maintenance being awarded for a significant period of time. Unlike child support, which contemplates that the parties will exchange financial information yearly and adjust as needed, maintenance awards are more difficult to have changed. This article discusses the requirements to modify maintenance.
Many people are familiar with the term “alimony,” which is support paid from one spouse to the other after divorce. Colorado uses the term “maintenance” instead of alimony.