Maintenance (Spousal Support)

"Maintenance" is a legal term in Wisconsin, sometimes referred to as "spousal support" or "alimony." If awarded to a party, it may be set for a limited or an indefinite period of time, and may change based on substantial changes in the financial circumstances of either party.

Maintenance to be paid to a spouse is not an issue in every case. Whether or not maintenance is awarded will depend on many factors, including, among others, length of the marriage, age, health, education and earning capacity of the parties, the division of property, the feasibility that the party seeking maintenance can become self-supporting at a standard of living responsibly comparable to that of the marriage, and how long it will take to achieve this goal. Tax implications must be analyzed and considered. Also considered are the contributions by one party to the other's education, training or increased earning power as well as such other factors in an individual case that may be relevant. In short, the resolution of maintenance in a particular case is very wide-ranging, and a court has broad discretion when deciding this issue.

Maintenance must be analyzed carefully and knowledgeably. Cash flow of both parties and the identification of income sources and amounts for each party will be considered in the analysis. Our family law group understands this often complicated and challenging divorce issue. We work with our clients in developing a case for or against maintenance claims, in discussing strategic options, and in developing reasonable settlement ranges.

At Pines Bach, our family law group has the depth of experience necessary to assess the results our clients need when maintenance is an issue. Our understanding of how these determinations are made allows us to develop and present strong cases to assist our clients and protect their financial interests. Our ability to generate positive results has helped our attorneys earn various types of professional recognition year after year, including being selected for inclusion in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America as well as receiving AV Preeminent* ratings from Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system, the highest available rating.

Family Law Attorneys Serving Madison and All of Wisconsin

For skilled representation that can help you achieve maintenance outcomes that are financially sound and fair, turn to Pines Bach. To schedule an initial consultation, call 608-807-0752 or toll free at 866-443-8661, or contact us online.

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