Spousal Maintenance Strategies

Determining Type and Duration, Defining Income, Anticipating Modification and Ensuring Enforceability

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, April 14, 2011
Recorded event now available

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to counsel for determining spousal maintenance and for overcoming challenges related to type, duration, modification and enforcement.


In preparing a case for spousal support or maintenance in a divorce proceeding, evidence must be presented to determine how much and how long such support will be paid.

There is no set formula for determining spousal maintenance amount and length. Among the factors considered are the financial resources of the parties, the amount of time until the party seeking support will be in a position to independently support him or herself, and the length of the marriage.

Counsel must understand and address issues such as type, duration, modification and enforcement to best meet the needs of the client.

Listen as our authoritative panel of family law attorneys examines the determination of spousal maintenance, including a discussion of when and how long it should be paid. The panel will address issues such as defining income, modification of spousal support and enforcement—and offer best practices for tackling these issues.


  1. Determining income for spousal maintenance
    1. Type of maintenance
    2. Duration
    3. Defining income
    4. Factors for determining maintenance award
  2. Modification of spousal maintenance
    1. Premarital agreements
    2. Post-nuptial agreements
  3. Enforcement


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What factors are considered when determining the type of spousal maintenance to award?
  • What must be demonstrated to warrant modification of spousal maintenance?
  • How can parties ensure enforceability of spousal maintenance?


Laura W. Morgan, Attorney
Family Law Consulting, Charlottesville, Va.

Her expertise encompasses all aspects of family law. She authored the leading treatise on child support suidelines and co-authored The Spousal Support Handbook (ABA 2007). She served as special consultant to state guidelines review commissions and teaches the Advanced Family Law course at the U.S. Judge Advocate General School.

Stephen M. Worrall, Atty
GeorgiaFamilyLaw.com : Worrall Law, Marietta, Ga.

He is an experienced family law and wills, trusts and estate planning attorney. He concentrates his practice in all areas of family law. He also helps families plan to protect their assets and their children in the event of their death or incapacity, and to transfer their whole wealth.

Brett R. Turner, Senior Attorney, Family Law
National Legal Research Group, Charlottesville, Va.

He specializes in family law. He authored Equitable Distribution of Property, a leading nationwide treatise on equitable distribution, and co-authored Attacking and Defending Marital Agreements, the first nationwide treatise to address validity and construction of antenuptial and separation agreements from the viewpoint of the attorney who must deal with them after they have already been signed.


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The Gitlin Law Firm

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Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby

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Kessler & Solomiany

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Paula G. Kirby PLC

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Walzer & Melcher

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