Handling Spousal Support Issues

Spousal maintenance (alimony) is granted based on one party's need and the other party's ability to pay. Despite these guidelines, many people argue bitterly over spousal maintenance, often using it as a way to try to hurt their spouse.

We understand that it is important that you pay or receive the appropriate amount of alimony. We will protect your rights, whether you are the party seeking or contesting maintenance. The Law Offices of Robert C. Kaufman, PS, in Bellevue, provides experienced divorce representation to people in Washington. For a consultation, please call 425-615-7555 or 800-771-4563.

Will You Or Your Ex Have To Pay Alimony?

In Washington, spousal maintenance can be awarded in various ways. Rehabilitative alimony is granted to give one spouse the time necessary to acquire education/training to become self-sufficient. Compensatory alimony many be granted to one spouse if the marital assets decreased because the other spouse gambled or spent the money recklessly.

When the divorcing spouses had a long-term marriage, the court's goal is to leave them in equivalent economic conditions. Depending on the specifics of the couple, this may mean that one party receives alimony until the payer reaches retirement.

Spousal maintenance is determined by examining a number of factors, including:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Financial resources, including property received in asset division
  • Ability of payer to meet his or her financial obligations
  • Each party's age, health and financial obligations
  • Whether one spouse supported the education or training of the other

We represent people seeking spousal maintenance modifications post-divorce. If you are not receiving court-ordered spousal maintenance, we can help you obtain an order of enforcement. We also represent people who have been wrongfully accused of not paying spousal maintenance.

Get The Legal Counsel You Need

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