Alimony lawyers in Glendale, Wisconsin
Alimony, or spousal maintenance in Wisconsin, is court-ordered spousal support payments made to a less earning spouse. Paying or receiving alimony can have a drastic effect on your future finances and stability. Involving an alimony lawyer in Glendale helps assure your best interests and legal rights are protected.
Find an alimony lawyer in Glendale, WI:
OOur Wisconsin family law firm has an exceptional reputation in alimony law. If you believe you’re eligible to receive or will be expected to pay alimony, schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced divorce attorneys:
Navigating through a divorce is difficult and emotional; the legal process is challenging. A divorce attorney guides you through the wreckage with sound and cost-effective solutions. We can help answer questions about:
- Whether you can expect to receive alimony
- Whether you will be made to pay alimony
- How to request alimony
- What to do if your ex-spouse is asking for too much alimony
- How to calculate alimony
When can a spouse sue for alimony?
Divorcing couples can avoid a trial if issues are settled through a collaborative process, like mediation. If an agreement cannot be reached, unresolved issues are settled by the court, and you may petition for alimony. The independent spouse will be served notice for alimony. If the independent spouse does not agree with your request for alimony, the court will resolve whether you’re eligible for alimony and how much.
Alimony may be ordered temporarily or permanently in Wisconsin. Limited term spousal maintenance, or limited alimony, is ordered when one spouse has given up their career to raise a family. Once the dependent spouse is back on their feet, alimony is typically terminated.
- Indefinitely spousal support, or indefinite alimony, is awarded when the dependent party’s age, health, or length of absence from the workforce makes it difficult or impossible to find a job.
- Reimbursement alimony is awarded to a receiving spouse who worked full time to allow the paying spouse to complete their education.
Permanent alimony is paid until some life-changing event (death, remarriage) makes alimony no longer appropriate.
Temporary alimony is paid when the couple is separated but not yet divorced.
What qualifies a spouse for alimony?
The judge will consider several factors when determining whether a party is eligible for alimony, including:
- Whether you were legally married
- How long you were married
- Your current and future earning potential
- Your contribution to the marriage
- Child custody considerations
- Your age and health
These factors will also help the court decide how much alimony should be granted and how long the order will be in effect.
What is spousal support or alimony?
Alimony payments are intended to preserve the marital lifestyle of a former spouse. In cases where one spouse earned less, left their job to raise children, or paid for the other spouse’s education, alimony may be awarded so the dependent spouse can maintain their pre-divorce lifestyle.
Free initial consultation for alimony in Glendale
We offer free initial consultations and cost quotes, include pre-trial, negotiations, and trial costs. Payment plans are available and extend to all legal services including post-judgment modifications.
Divergent Family Law alimony lawyers advocate for clients across Milwaukee County, including Glendale, Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis, Oak Creek, Greenfield, Shorewood, Brown Deer, Whitefish Bay, Greendale and nearby areas.