Alimony lawyers in Madison, WI
Alimony, called spousal maintenance in Wisconsin, is court-ordered payments to a lower-earning former spouse. Paying or receiving alimony can have a drastic effect on your finances. As you navigate through divorce, child custody, and alimony, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Our Madison divorce attorneys help you set emotions aside and provide lawful, cost-effective solutions to protect your financial stability.
Find an alimony lawyer in Dane County
Our Madison divorce lawyers have a strong reputation for representing our clients’ best interests. If you believe you’re eligible for alimony or will be made to pay it, contact our experienced alimony lawyers for a free consultation:
What is the purpose of alimony?
Alimony is intended to help a disadvantaged or lower-earning party maintain their marital standard of living after a divorce. In cases where one spouse left a job to raise the children or health issues prevented full-time employment, alimony may be awarded to support the dependent party. There are two types of alimony awarded in Wisconsin: limited-term and indefinite spousal maintenance.
Limited term spousal maintenance is ordered when one spouse has given up their career to raise a family. Once the dependent spouse is back on their feet, spousal support payments are typically terminated.
Indefinite spousal support is awarded when the dependent party’s age, health, or length of absence from the job market makes it difficult or impossible to find a job. Temporary alimony may be awarded when a couple is separated but the divorce is not yet final.
Divergent Family Law attorneys can answer your questions on how long you can expect to receive or pay alimony.
What determines if a spouse gets alimony?
A judge will consider several factors to determine whether a spouse gets alimony, including:
- Duration of marriage
- Earning capacity
- Mental and physical health
- Child support payments
- Property division
- Tax consequences of alimony
- Marital standard of living
These factors will also help the court determine how much alimony should be awarded and how long alimony will be paid. Our divorce attorneys in Madison can review your case and advise on whether you can expect to receive or pay alimony.
Free initial consultation for alimony in Dane County
We offer free initial consultations and cost quotes, including pre-trial, negotiations, and trial costs. Payment plans available and extend to all legal services including post-judgment modifications.
Our divorce attorneys for men and women handle alimony cases across Dane County, including Madison, Sun Prairie, Middleton, Verona, Stoughton, Fitchburg, Waunakee, DeForest, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Monona Grove and nearby areas.