Calculating American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Maintenance

Learn how to make AAML maintenance (alimony) calculations using the AAML Maintenance Calculator.

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Using the AAML Maintenance Calculator

The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Maintenance (Alimony) Calculator makes AAML maintenance calculations with one click of the mouse. Before you can calculate AAML maintenance, however, you must enter gross income and marriage length information into the calculator.

Step 1: Enter the Gross Incomes

First, you must enter the spouses' gross incomes. Enter the gross incomes into the appropriate inputs in the AAML Maintenance Calculator form. The gross incomes should be entered in dollar amounts with no letters or special characters, such as the dollar symbol or commas.

AAML Maintenance Calculator gross income inputs

The AAML Maintenance Calculator uses the gross incomes entered into the calculator inputs to calculate the AAML guideline maintenance amount. To calculate AAML guideline maintenance amounts, the AAML Maintenance Calculator uses the AAML maintenance guidelines formula. Under the AAML maintenance guidelines formula, the amount of maintenance is calculated by taking 30% of the paying spouse's gross income minus 20% of the recipient spouse's gross income. The amount calculated as maintenance, however, when added to the gross income of the recipient spouse, may not result in the recipient spouse receiving an amount that is in excess of 40% of the combined gross income of the spouses.

Sometimes the application of straight guideline maintenance results in the recipient spouse receiving in excess of 40% of the spouses' combined gross income. When this situation occurs, the AAML Maintenance Calculator will cap the maintenance amount so that the recipient spouse does not receive in excess of 40% of the spouses' combined gross income, and will indicate as follows:

AAML Maintenance Calculator maintenance capped

If each spouse has an individual gross income that is at least 40 percent of the spouses' combined gross income, then neither spouse is entitled to any maintenance amount. The AAML Maintenance Calculator will indicate if neither spouse is entitled to any maintenance amount as follows:

AAML Maintenance Calculator each spouse's income at least forty percent

Also, the AAML maintenance guidelines are not intended to apply if the spouses' combined annual gross income is more than $1,000,000. If this upper limit has been exceeded by the entered gross incomes, the AAML Maintenance Calculator will indicate as follows:

AAML Maintenance Calculator combined income exceeds $1,000,000

Step 2: Enter the Marriage Length

Second, you must enter the length of the spouses' marriage. Once you have determined the marriage length, enter the length into the appropriate input in the AAML Maintenance Calculator form. The length should be entered in years with no letters or special characters.

AAML Maintenance Calculator marriage length input

The AAML Maintenance Calculator uses the marriage length entered into the calculator input to calculate the AAML guideline maintenance duration. To calculate AAML guideline maintenance durations, the AAML Maintenance Calculator uses the AAML maintenance guidelines formula. Under the AAML maintenance guidelines formula, the duration of maintenance is calculated by multiplying the length of the marriage by whichever of the following duration factors applies:

Length of the Marriage Maintenance Duration Factor
3 years or less 0.30
10 years or less, but more than 3 years 0.50
20 years or less, but more than 10 years 0.75
More than 20 years Permanent

Step 3: Make the Calculation

Once the spouses' gross incomes and marriage length have been entered into the AAML Maintenance Calculator, click the "Calculate Alimony" button. That's it! Your AAML maintenance calculation will display on the page underneath the AAML Maintenance Calculator.

AAML Maintenance Calculator calculation

Your AAML maintenance calculation result contains both a maintenance amount and duration. By clicking on the interval buttons, you may view your result in either a yearly or monthly interval. Also, the spouses' gross incomes after maintenance are displayed for reference.

Validation Errors

If the AAML Maintenance Calculator was submitted with invalid information, the calculator will display validation errors on the calculator inputs that were filled out incorrectly and the "Calculate Alimony" button will be disabled. Also, error messages will be displayed below the inputs that indicate the reasons for the errors.

AAML Maintenance Calculator validation errors

If you receive validation errors, enter valid information into the calculator inputs that contain the validation errors. Upon entry of new information, the validation error will be removed from the updated calculator input. Once all validation errors have been removed, the "Calculate Alimony" button will be re-enabled for resubmission of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Maintenance (Alimony) Calculator.