Imagine for a moment that you and your spouse are going through divorce proceedings. You didn't sign a premarital agreement so at this juncture, you and your spouse are hammering out financial details such as who will be responsible for making child support payments and who should pay alimony to the other spouse.
Because you make more than your spouse, a request is made to have you pay alimony. Initially, you're okay with the idea. After all, you understand that losing your portion of income could be financially devastating to your former spouse. But then, after being told that Maryland still allows permanent alimony judgments, you become less okay with the idea and more concerned about your protection under the law.