Bruce A. Kaufman Alimony Guidelines

Alimony Guidelines and Child Support Calculations

After 5 years of making the Kaufman Alimony Guidelines accessible for free to the family law community, the Women's Law Center is no longer able to maintain and update the software program.

An updated version of the Kaufman Alimony Guidelines is available at Marginsoft will donate 20% of their sales to the Women's Law Center.

The Kaufman Alimony Guidelines are a tool to help lawyers and decision-makers develop appropriate alimony awards that achieve an equitable result and improve outcomes for Maryland’s families. The Guidelines do not supplant the discretion of the judge. Use of the Guidelines does not replace consideration of the statutory factors or the advocacy of each party’s lawyer. They simply help decision-makers achieve an equitable result.

The Kaufman Alimony Guidelines provide a recommendation regarding whether alimony should be awarded, including an amount and duration. Child support is calculated, using the Maryland Child Support Guidelines, and tax implications of the award are reflected. The software takes into account:

  • length of the marriage
  • age of claimant
  • education of the claimant
  • earning potential of claimant
  • income of the parties
  • child care responsibilities

An analysis of family law cases reported by the Women’s Law Center in Families in Transition revealed that alimony is requested in only 16% of cases and awarded in only 6% of cases. It is difficult for attorneys to predict whether alimony will be awarded, and if so, in what amount. The Kaufman Alimony Guidelines help address this issue by offering a framework to make alimony more predictable, consistent and accessible.

The Kaufman Alimony Guidelines were developed by Marginsoft, which has extensive experience developing guidelines in other jurisdictions throughout the country.

The Women’s Law Center is providing the Kaufman Alimony Guidelines to the legal community free of charge as a public service. However, tax deductible donations to the Women’s Law Center to support this and other projects are welcome.

Last Updated 01/05/2011


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