Alimony Lawyer Salt Lake City

Representing Clients Throughout Salt Lake County & Draper

Alimony, which is sometimes known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, is ordered by a court in some Utah divorce cases. In situations in which it is ordered, the amount of alimony will vary depending on both spouses’ incomes or potential incomes, the length of the marriage, and several other factors.

When it comes to divorce, alimony is often a sensitive issue. But it is a necessary part of the process to help a financially weaker spouse get back on their feet. Because the court must consider several different factors, the amount of alimony can often be unpredictable to determine. That is why it is vital to have an experienced and knowledgeable Salt Lake City alimony attorney on your side to get the best results.

We have all heard divorce does not come cheap. Perhaps nothing exemplifies this more than alimony. Countless people throughout Utah are either paying too much for alimony or not receiving enough. The experience and skill level of your legal representation matters. When considering a divorce lawyer, take a close look at their track record and reputation. You never want to take chances on someone who cannot properly represent your interests.


When a married couple divorces, the court may order spousal support to be paid from one spouse to the other to maintain the lifestyle that the spouse has become accustomed to. It is important to point out that spousal support is not child support, and this is not calculated using the same metrics as child support in Utah. There are a number of factors the court must consider when determining the amount and period of time that alimony will be paid, including the following:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age of both spouses
  • The physical health of both spouses
  • The financial resources of both spouses
  • The time for either spouse to get the education or training necessary to gain appropriate employment (in applicable situations)
  • The contribution of each spouse to the marriage, including homemaking services, childcare, education, and career-building of the other spouse
  • Whether the receiving spouse worked in a business owned or operated by the paying spouse.
  • If the parties have children, which spouse has custody of the children
  • The court may also consider the “fault” (wrongful conduct during the marriage) of the parties.

Many people underestimate the value that a skilled Salt Lake City alimony attorney will bring to these cases. A judge will have a wide discretion when addressing the issue of alimony, and an attorney will work diligently to frame the situation so that you have the best possible chance of a positive outcome. Attorney Cordano does not want you to pay more than you should if you are a paying spouse or receive less than you should if you are the receiving spouse.

Understanding the Different Types of Alimony

When it comes to alimony, there are different types of payments that can be awarded depending on the circumstances of the divorce. It's important to understand these different types in order to navigate the alimony process effectively. Here are some common types of alimony:

  • Temporary alimony: This type of alimony is awarded during the divorce process and is meant to provide financial support until a final alimony agreement is reached.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: This type of alimony is awarded to help the receiving spouse become self-supporting. It is typically provided for a specific period of time to allow the recipient to gain education, training, or work experience.
  • Permanent alimony: Permanent alimony is awarded when one spouse is unable to become self-supporting due to age, disability, or other factors. It is meant to provide ongoing financial support for the recipient.
  • Lump-sum alimony: Instead of monthly payments, lump-sum alimony is awarded as a one-time payment. This type of alimony is typically used when the paying spouse has the financial means to make a large payment upfront.

At Emy A. Cordano Attorney at Law, we understand the complexities of alimony and can help you determine the best strategy for your specific situation. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with our experienced Salt Lake City alimony lawyer.


When alimony is awarded in Salt Lake City, the paying spouse’s obligation to pay ends under the following circumstances:

  • When the receiving spouse remarries
  • When the receiving spouse cohabitates with a romantic partner
  • When either spouse passes away

Of these three factors, the hardest one for a paying spouse to prove will be that their ex-spouse lives with a new romantic partner. There are various ways that this can be confirmed, but it is crucial to work with a skilled Salt Lake City alimony attorney to help you through this process. If it can be proven that the receiving spouse is cohabitating with a romantic partner, the paying spouse can petition the court to end alimony payments and possibly to pay back the alimony already paid.


I can help you protect your rights with regard to alimony and all other aspects of your family law case. I have over 21 years of experience in the courts of this state and know how to navigate the system to achieve the best results for my clients. Whether you are paying or receiving alimony, or you anticipate paying or receiving it, you may be concerned about issues such as:

  • Maintenance of the lifestyle you had during the marriage
  • Temporary alimony, lump sum alimony, or permanent alimony
  • The division of property
  • A spouse who stayed home to raise children
  • Modification of a court order regarding alimony

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