Calculating Colorado Maintenance

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

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Using the Colorado Maintenance Calculator

The Colorado Maintenance (Alimony) Calculator makes Colorado guideline maintenance calculations with one click of the mouse. Before you can calculate Colorado guideline maintenance, however, you must enter 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 Colorado 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.

Colorado Maintenance Calculator gross income inputs

The Colorado Maintenance Calculator uses the gross incomes entered into the calculator inputs to calculate the Colorado guideline maintenance amount. To calculate Colorado guideline maintenance amounts, the Colorado Maintenance Calculator uses the Colorado maintenance guidelines formula. Under the Colorado maintenance guidelines formula, the amount of maintenance is equal to 40% of the higher income spouse's monthly adjusted gross income less 50% of the lower income spouse's monthly adjusted gross income; except that, when added to the gross income of the recipient, shall not result in the recipient receiving in excess of 40% of the spouses' combined monthly adjusted gross income.

Except when one spouse has no income, the application of straight guideline maintenance will result in the recipient spouse receiving in excess of 40% of the spouses' combined monthly gross income. To prevent this situation, the Colorado Maintenance Calculator will cap the maintenance amount so that the recipient spouse does not receive in excess of 40% of the spouses' combined monthly gross income, and will indicate as follows:

Colorado Maintenance Calculator maintenance capped

Under the Colorado maintenance guidelines, a court need not apply the maintenance guidelines if the spouses' combined annual adjusted gross income exceeds $360,000. If this upper limit has been exceeded by the entered gross incomes, the Colorado Maintenance Calculator will indicate as follows:

Colorado Maintenance Calculator combined income over $360,000

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

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

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 Colorado Maintenance Calculator form. The length should be entered in years with no letters or special characters.

Colorado Maintenance Calculator marriage length input

The Colorado Maintenance Calculator uses the marriage length entered into the calculator input to calculate the Colorado guideline maintenance duration. To calculate Colorado guideline maintenance durations, the Colorado Maintenance Calculator uses the Colorado maintenance guidelines formula. Under the Colorado maintenance guidelines formula, the maintenance duration is calculated based on the following table:

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When the length of the spouses' marriage exceeds 20 years, a Colorado court may award maintenance for a specified duration of years or for an indefinite duration, but a court may not specify a maintenance duration that is less than the maintenance duration under the Colorado maintenance guidelines for a 20-year marriage without making specific findings that support a reduced duration of maintenance. If this situation exists, the Colorado Maintenance Calculator will indicate as follows:

Colorado Maintenance Calculator indefinite maintenance

Under the Colorado maintenance guidelines, a court need not apply the maintenance guidelines if the length of the spouses' marriage is less than 3 years. If the entered marriage length is less than 3 years, the Colorado Maintenance Calculator will indicate as follows:

Colorado Maintenance Calculator marriage length too short

Step 3: Make the Calculation

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

Colorado Maintenance Calculator calculation

The Colorado maintenance calculation result contains both a maintenance amount and duration, both of which are based on the Colorado guideline maintenance formula.

Validation Errors

If the Colorado 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" button will be disabled. Also, error messages will be displayed below the inputs that indicate the reasons for the errors.

Colorado 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" button will be re-enabled for resubmission of the Colorado Maintenance (Alimony) Calculator.