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Indiana Lawyer Advocates for Clients in Spousal Maintenance Matters


Under Indiana’s spousal maintenance law, someone might be ordered to make payments to an ex-spouse who is incapacitated, must take care of an incapacitated child or requires support payments while they gain the skills or education needed to hold a job. In other instances, parties might choose to negotiate an agreement on what is commonly referred to as alimony. For clients in Allen County and the surrounding area, Patterson Law LLC in Fort Wayne delivers strong advice and advocacy in actions where spousal maintenance is at issue. Whether you’re seeking payments or are being asked to provide support, we’ll stand up for your rights and work tirelessly toward a fair outcome.


Different laws among states and changes in cultural norms have led to confusion regarding alimony. Attorney Rex Patterson has the knowledge and practical experience to clearly explain the relevant standards after reviewing your situation. In court, Indiana spousal maintenance is based on one of the following:

  • Physical or mental incapacity — Someone who is physically or mentally incapable of securing employment might be eligible for long-term or even permanent spousal maintenance.
  • Responsibility for a special needs child — Parents of special needs children who require extra care might not be able to take a job that pays for necessary expenses. If you are needed to provide supervision to a disabled son or daughter, we’ll advise you regarding ways to ensure that their needs are met.
  • Need to establish or rehabilitate one’s earning ability — Typically, spouses are expected to support themselves financially after a divorce, but sometimes a stay-at-home partner requires education or job training to be able to do that. Accordingly, rehabilitative maintenance might be awarded for up to three years so that a formerly supported spouse can obtain suitable employment.
  • Provisional period — In between the time when a spouse files for divorce and the final dissolution is granted, a higher-earning husband or wife could be required to provide payments.

Starting with an initial consultation, we will outline what the court might order in your situation and can explore options for settling alimony issues between the parties if that is preferable. If you are divorced already and your former spouse is violating a spousal maintenance order, our firm will aggressively pursue proper relief.


When evaluating a case for requested spousal maintenance, our family law firm identifies the key factors that could affect the judge’s decision as to the existence, amount and duration of such an order. How long the marriage lasted can make a significant difference in the outcome. Courts might also make efforts to help a spouse maintain their lifestyle if they have significantly fewer assets than their partner. Regardless of your individual circumstances, we prepare a thorough case and serve as strong advocates on your behalf.

Contact a tenacious Indiana lawyer for a consultation regarding an alimony issue

Patterson Law LLC in Fort Wayne advocates for divorcing Indiana spouses in disputes and settlement negotiations relating to alimony. For a consultation concerning any family law matter, please call 260-247-8383 or contact us online.

  • "Rex was very helpful and understanding of my situation. He was honest and upfront. For everything that he did for me, I am very thankful. I highly recommend Patterson Law LLC." - Hailee Gordon

  • "Rex is absolutely amazing at what he does! I have to say that his professionalism is above and beyond! You knocked it out of the park today my friend! I will speak highly of you and your staff to every single person I know! Thank you!" - Bryan Sanders

  • "I've been working with Rex for what it seems like forever now, he hasn't let me down one time! He works his hardest to get what needs to be done, done! I'd recommend him to anyone!!" - Megan Mitchell

  • "I would highly recommend Patterson Law to anyone! Everyone there is so professional and helpful! Rex took the time to get to know my case and handled it remarkably! Though I hope to never need their services again, I would most certainly if the need arose. Thank you to Rex and the entire staff! You are truly excellent stewards of your profession!" - Amy Gilbert-Koch

  • "Rex Patterson is a great person and lawyer! I would recommend this law firm to anyone looking for a straightforward no-nonsense approach to legal matters! I am very thankful that while sitting in a law firm in Ft. Wayne explaining my situation I was advised to go to Rex!! Best decision ever! Thanks again Rex for your calm approach to crazy!!!;)" - Abby Richards

  • "Rex is a great attorney. The clients we mutually served shared how Rex was a good attorney and fair in his pricing. Would highly recommend Rex for any of your legal needs." - Ron Nicolet Owner of Nicolet Counseling LLC

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