Milwaukee Spousal Maintenance Attorneys
In a divorce, financial support — called spousal maintenance, but sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal support — is designed to provide ex-spouses with the assistance they need until they can become self-supporting. Unlike state child support laws, the court has no set guidelines to use in determining if spousal maintenance is to be awarded, or its amount and duration. Furthermore, as a “no-fault” divorce state, Wisconsin does not consider abuse or infidelity as grounds for awarding spousal maintenance.
Spousal maintenance is often a hotly contested matter for many divorcing couples, especially those with significant assets. If you have questions or concerns about the payment of alimony or spousal maintenance in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee spousal maintenance attorneys at the law firm of Magner, Hueneke & Borda, LLP, can help provide answers. Contact us online or call 414-281-4529 to schedule an appointment to discuss your situation.
Factors Used to Determine Spousal Maintenance
The court will consider a number of factors in making its final decision regarding spousal maintenance/alimony. Our attorneys can help clients understand the applicable laws and factors Wisconsin courts use in awarding spousal maintenance, including:
- Length of marriage
- Age, physical and emotional health
- Educational backgrounds and experience
- Current income
- Child custody responsibilities
- Division of marital property
- Ability to become self-supporting
- Tax consequences
- Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements
- Other relevant factors at the courts’ discretion
Spousal maintenance awards can be temporary until the receiving spouse becomes self-sufficient, or permanent in the case of longer marriages. Regardless of whether spousal maintenance is awarded or denied, the issue is usually subject to post-judgment modification if a substantial material change in circumstances occurs.
Talk to a Waukesha Divorce and Alimony Attorney
Our experienced divorce lawyers are readily available to answer your questions regarding spousal maintenance/alimony or any other aspect of your divorce decree. For divorce help in Milwaukee County, Waukesha County, Racine County or surrounding areas, call us at 414-281-4529 to arrange an initial consultation. You may also contact us online and someone from our firm will be in touch with you shortly.
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