Alimony, or spousal maintenance (as it is known in Wisconsin), is often controversial and misunderstood. Whether you expect to make or receive support payments after your marriage ends, strong legal advice can help you protect your rights. At Hart Law Office in Milwaukee, we have delivered exceptional divorce representation to clients for 40 years. Our firm takes a personalized approach to every situation and works to avoid unnecessary cost and stress whenever possible. In many cases, we can formalize a fair maintenance arrangement through a marital settlement agreement, but if you cannot come to terms with your spouse, our lawyers are skilled advocates who have a deep understanding of the legal standards used to make alimony determinations and will press for a fair determination.
When one spouse seeks support payments as part of a divorce, numerous factors come into play. We take a comprehensive look at the relevant circumstances to present the strongest possible argument on your behalf. Courts have wide leeway to make spousal maintenance rulings, which are usually based on factors such as:
It’s important to understand the law and your rights when it comes to Wisconsin spousal maintenance. Husbands or wives can be awarded payments by the court, and these payments often only last until a recipient spouse can gain the ability to support themselves. Our dedicated family law attorneys will apply the relevant law to your situation so you know what to expect.
Spousal maintenance is designed in part to maintain a divorced person’s standard of living. It is frequently ordered for an amount of time that a judge believes is necessary for someone to build their capacity to support themselves. Payments terminate if a recipient ex-spouse remarries and can be adjusted if they move in with a new partner. Our firm can advise you on what specific circumstances support a spousal maintenance modification. We can also initiate contempt proceedings if a paying ex-spouse fails to honor their obligations under the order.
Hart Law Office represents Wisconsin clients in disputes over spousal maintenance and other aspects of divorce litigation. Please call 414-436-3212 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at our office in Milwaukee’s historic Third Ward. We offer weekend and evening appointments to better serve you.
Q: What is a divorce?
A: A divorce is the legal termination of marriage. All states require a spouse to identify a legal reason for requesting a divorce when filing the divorce papers with the court. The reasons given when filing are referred to as the grounds for divorce.Read More ›