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Milwaukee County divorce attorney spousal maintenance

Divorce can have a profound impact on a person’s finances. This is especially true if the person was heavily dependent on his or her spouse’s income. Alimony, also called spousal maintenance or spousal support, is financial aid paid by one spouse to another spouse after the couple divorces. Maintenance is typically awarded to a spouse who has sacrificed education, job training, or employment opportunities to maintain the marital home and/or raise the couple’s children. If you are planning to divorce in Wisconsin and you have a lower income than your spouse, it is possible that you may be entitled to spousal maintenance.

Spousal Maintenance in Wisconsin

Some people assume that spousal maintenance or alimony is automatically awarded by the court during divorce, but this is not the case. There are three main ways that a spouse may receive alimony in Wisconsin:

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Delafield spousal maintenance lawyerNot all divorces will involve spousal maintenance, also known as alimony. In the 1960s, around 25 percent of divorce cases involved an alimony award, while today that number is somewhere around 10 percent. In Wisconsin, that number is estimated to be even lower, with only an estimated 8.6 percent of divorces involving spousal maintenance. When alimony was more common in divorce cases, it was mostly awarded to women who had expected to be stay-at-home parents or homemakers for life and who would rely on alimony as their only source of income post-divorce. Today, alimony is only awarded in special circumstances. Though it is not impossible to think that you may receive spousal maintenance payments, it is rare, especially in Wisconsin.

Is a Spousal Maintenance Award Warranted?

If you end up going to court to determine whether or not spousal maintenance will be awarded, the judge will look at a variety of factors before making their decision. These factors can include:

  • The length of the marriage.

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