Spousal maintenance, or alimony, as it’s more commonly known, is not a “given” in any divorce case. Unfortunately for divorcing couples in Wisconsin who are looking for a definite answer about whether alimony will be ordered, there also isn’t a set formula for determining how much spousal maintenance one spouse might expect to receive from the other. There are many factors that Wisconsin divorce courts consider when determining whether, and how much, spousal maintenance is appropriate. In general, the courts seek to make financial decisions fair, recognizing that one former spouse could be unfairly burdened without the additional financial support he or she relied on during the marriage.
Courts will evaluate the following when determining whether spousal
maintenance is appropriate:
It’s also important to understand that a spousal maintenance award does not necessarily mean that alimony payments must continue indefinitely; the court may award spousal maintenance for a limited time, with the goal that the recipient spouse would be able to support him- or herself at the end of that time period.
In the event no set time limit is provided, maintenace will terminate if either spouse dies or if the recipient spouse gets remarried.
To learn more about spousal maintenance or about filing for divorce in Wisconsin, contact an experienced family law attorney at Schott, Bublitz & Engel, s.c. Call 262.827.1700 today to schedule your free consultation.