Kirkland Spousal Support Attorneys

Spousal Maintenance

Our WA State spousal maintenance lawyers are experienced and can help you.

Previously known as "alimony," financial spousal support is now typically referred to as "spousal maintenance." Contrary to popular misconception, spousal maintenance is not awarded or withheld as retribution for marital misconduct. Rather, assignment, suitable duration and amounts related to spousal maintenance will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Taking into account the facts and circumstances of the situation under review, the court will usually consider the following elements:

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  • financial resources of each party;
  • work experience and earning prospects of each spouse, including consideration for the time required for one spouse to obtain training for becoming employed or self-supporting;
  • age and physical and emotional conditions of each party;
  • the duration of the marriage;
  • the standard of living established during the marriage.

Keep in mind that the Washington State Spousal Maintenance statute aims to provide general guidelines and a reference tool for courts in granting spousal maintenance, and case law varies immensely as to the interpretation of a wide variety of relevant factors. There are no specific mathematical formulas or precise measurements, only very fact-specific considerations. Essentially, where there is need on behalf of one spouse, and financial capacity on behalf of the other to pay maintenance, a court has full discretion to grant it, while necessarily taking into account the facts and circumstances of both parties.

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We provide a free initial consultation to hear about your spousal maintenance concerns and objectives. Contact one of our WA State spousal maintenance lawyers today and learn how we can help you.

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