Thank you for your question.
In determining spousal support
, it is often best to start with the governing statute. Here is a link to the text of that law (Colorado Statutes 14-10-114):
Generally, a long-term marriage such as this one usually warrants discussion of lifetime maintenance. Unfortunately as you have found there is no set standard or formula in determining duration or amount. The statute sets forth various factors for consideration, which are:
(a) The financial resources of the party seeking maintenance, including marital property apportioned to such party, and the party's ability to meet his or her needs independently, including the extent to which a provision for support of a child living with the party includes a sum for that party;
(b) The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking maintenance to find appropriate employment and that party's future earning capacity;
(c) The standard of living established during the marriage;
(d) The duration of the marriage;
(e) The age and the physical and emotional condition of the spouse seeking maintenance; and
(f) The ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking maintenance.
You said that both parties are able to work. That will be considered, but whether the parties worked during that marriage will also be considered. The closer the parties are in terms of income and assets, generally the less the maintenance order is in terms of both duration and amount.
Regarding amount, you can expect that the court will not enter an order which would result in the payor spouse having less income than the payee. For example, if the payor earns 80K per year and the payee earns 50k per year, a straight division would result in the payor paying 15k per year (80+50 / 2). That is about the max the court would award, and would work down depending on those factors mentioned above.
I hope this helps.
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