If you and your spouse are splitting up, you may be wondering when you can get alimony in a Wisconsin divorce. For many people, alimony – commonly called maintenance or spousal support – is a big deal… and it’s not common for couples to agree on how much money should change hands. Here’s what you know about when a judge can order alimony, how much it might be, and how long you or your spouse will receive it.
When Can You Get Alimony in a Wisconsin Divorce?
Alimony is support typically reserved for spouses who need some time to become self-sustaining after a divorce. It’s not a payment that the courts take lightly – and in order for a judge to award it, one party must let the court know that it’s necessary.
Couples are free to agree on spousal maintenance on their own. However, if a couple can’t agree and one spouse feels he or she needs it, the courts will make a decision. Judges consider several factors in determining maintenance, including:
- How long the couple was married
- Both spouses’ ages and physical health, including emotional health
- How the couple’s property was divided
- How much education each spouse has
- Each spouse’s earning capacity
- Whether the spouse who wants maintenance can eventually become self-sustaining, and how long that will take
- The tax consequences to both parties
- One spouse’s contribution to the other’s career, education, training or increased earning power
- Other relevant factors
Related: Wisconsin alimony calculator
How Long Does Maintenance Last?
Spousal maintenance can last as long as the judge says it will. Some court orders for alimony last only a short time – but some can last a lifetime. In some cases, support continues until one spouse dies or remarries.
Do You Need to Talk to a Lawyer About Alimony in a Wisconsin Divorce?
If you’re considering divorce and want to find out more about alimony, whether you’re going to be the one paying it or you’re likely to receive it, we can help. Call us at 414-383-6700 for a free consultation or contact us online. We’ll be happy to answer your questions about child custody, child support, alimony and other important aspects of divorce.