Alimony is referred to as spousal maintenance in Wisconsin. It is a payment one spouse makes to the other to reduce the financial hardship one may experience in a divorce.
When making a Wisconsin spousal maintenance determination, Wisconsin courts will look at various factors to decide the amount and duration of payments to be awarded. Among the factors considered are:
- the education level and earning capacity of each spouse and whether one spouse contributed to the education or earning power of the other
- the requesting spouse’s work history, training, and skills along with their time spent away from the work force
- what responsibility the requesting spouse will have for the care of the children moving forward
- the time needed for the requesting spouse to get the additional education or training so that they can find employment and whether with such employment will allow the requesting spouse to achieve similar standard of living as enjoyed in the marriage
Other factors will likely include:
- The length of the marriage
- The division of property
- Each spouse’s age
- The physical and emotional health of both parties
- The ability of each spouse to work
- Any other factor that is relevant to the requesting spouse’s need for maintenance and the ohter spouse’s ability to pay
Contact an Experienced Wisconsin Spousal Maintenance Attorney
If you are considering divorce, have questions regarding spousal maintenance or you are divorced and have a change income, contact an experienced Wisconsin spousal support and post divorce modification attorney at Law Offices of Jane Probst for more information. Jane Probst’s guiding principle is to do what is in her client’s best interests. Jane will work closely with you to find the best solution for your situation. Favorable outcomes can be reached through negotiation, or if needed, through litigation. Since 1990 Probst law firm focused solely on Wisconsin Family Law. We offer free and confidential consultations. Call (414) 210-3135 to speak with an experienced spousal maintenance attorney.