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Maintenance Lawyers in Waukesha County

Delafield Spousal Support Lawyers

Brookfield Divorce Attorneys for Spousal Support Issues

Divorce is not only stressful on a personal level; it can also be extremely difficult financially. If you are planning to divorce, you may have questions about how alimony, officially called spousal maintenance, is handled in Wisconsin. Spousal maintenance payments are intended to help reduce the financial burden that a lesser-earning spouse experiences after divorce. Both men and women can be required to pay spousal maintenance, and both could be recipients of such payments. Unfortunately, divorcing couples often disagree about spousal maintenance, and these disagreements may require help from a qualified spousal maintenance attorney.

At Bucher, Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP we understand that spousal maintenance issues are often a major source of contention in a divorce. Our accomplished divorce lawyers can help you and your spouse negotiate a fair spousal maintenance arrangement in your marital settlement agreement. If you and your spouse cannot reach an agreement, we are fully prepared to defend your rights and advocate on your behalf during courtroom litigation.

Pewaukee Law Firm Assisting in Spousal Maintenance Disputes

There is no set formula for how much spousal maintenance is awarded to a lesser-earning spouse in Wisconsin. Instead, the court considers a variety of factors to determine whether or not spousal maintenance is appropriate and how much maintenance payments should be. These factors include but are not limited to:

  • Any prenuptial agreement or other marital agreement the spouses made regarding financial arrangements;
  • Each spouse's age, earning capacity, education, and physical and emotional health;
  • The duration of the marriage;
  • Asset division arrangements;
  • The ability of the spouse requesting maintenance to become self-supporting at a standard of living comparable to that experienced during the marriage and the estimated amount of time this will take;
  • Significant contributions that a spouse made to the education, training or improved earning capacity of the other;
  • Expected tax consequences; and
  • Any other factor the judge considers pertinent.

Spousal maintenance is typically ordered for a definite amount of time. However, in cases involving an especially long marriage, or when a spouse is unable to become self-supporting, permanent spousal maintenance may be ordered. Spousal maintenance ends when the recipient spouse passes away, gets remarried, or begins cohabitating in a marriage-like relationship with a new partner.

Accomplished Delafield Attorneys Advocating on Your Behalf

Spousal maintenance issues are often one of the most hard-fought parts of the divorce process. If you are getting divorced and require the added financial support that spousal maintenance can offer, you need an experienced legal advocate with a strong grasp of Wisconsin spousal maintenance laws by your side. The highly qualified family law attorneys at Bucher, Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP have an impressive 40 years of combined legal experience, and we will aggressively advocate for your rights regarding spousal maintenance.

If you require financial assistance from your soon-to-be ex-spouse in order to move forward with your life, we will help you get the support you need. Conversely, if you are the higher-earning individual and your spouse is requesting an excessive amount of spousal maintenance, we will work to ensure that your rights are not violated and you are not required to pay more than is reasonable.

Let Us Help You Today

If you are getting divorced and have concerns about spousal maintenance, contact the office of Bucher, Wolff & Sonderhouse, LLP. Schedule a free, confidential consultation with a knowledgeable Wisconsin family law attorney by calling our office today at 262-232-6699. We serve clients in Waukesha, Pewaukee, Menomonee Falls, Oconomowoc, Delafield, Muskego, New Berlin, Brookfield, Waukesha County, Milwaukee County, and the surrounding areas.

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