Knowledgeable Counsel You Can Trust In Alimony Issues
Spousal maintenance (alimony) can be a very important consideration in the big picture of divorce. It not only levels the standard of living, but can also be one element in the determination of property division.
At Clement Law Center, we can argue for or against alimony and help you use this issue to your advantage. We represent men and women in Federal Way, King County, Pierce County 6 and the greater Seattle-Tacoma area in all aspects of disputed divorces.
Does spousal maintenance even apply in your divorce? If so, what amount and duration? Call to arrange a consultation today.
Determining Alimony In Your Divorce
Spousal maintenance, commonly known as alimony, is a payment from one spouse to the other to equalize incomes and standards of living. Spousal maintenance can refer to temporary support while your divorce is pending, and it can refer to post-divorce spousal support.
Temporary spousal maintenance is a preliminary order of the court and is determined by the need of the recipient and the ability to pay by the paying spouse. Long-term spousal maintenance after the divorce is a more complicated matter.
Our divorce lawyers have 30 years of experience in divorce and family law. They have negotiated spousal maintenance as part of divorce and property settlements, and they have gone to court to seek or resist maintenance orders on behalf of their clients.
Permanent spousal maintenance is not a favored concept in Washington state. To get a favorable award, your attorney must be skilled and determined. Many judges see spousal maintenance as only a short-term remedy to allow a lesser-earning spouse to become self-sufficient. However, permanent spousal maintenance is often appropriate, especially when a spouse is beyond a certain age, lacks a recent employment history, or has an illness or disability.
The court considers many factors in determining whether to award spousal maintenance, but the primary considerations are length of the marriage, the need for financial assistance, and the other spouse’s ability to pay. If we believe spousal maintenance is likely to be awarded in your case, we can help you determine how to litigate or negotiate a favorable settlement.