A spouse will typically receive alimony if they will have a financial hardship after finalizing the divorce. At Schwei & Wendt, S.C., our lawyers have more than 50 years of combined legal experience resolving spousal support and other complex family law matters for those in Waukesha County and southeastern Wisconsin. We take a hands-on approach when working with all of our clients to develop a personalized strategy designed with their needs in mind.
While some states have clear guidelines for determining the amount of alimony payments, Wisconsin is not one of them. This is a significant change from child support, where our state has a clear formula for determining the amount of support a spouse must pay.
This means that courts in Wisconsin have broad discretion when determining how much alimony to award to a spouse. A broad range of factors may play into the final amount of alimony, including:
The length of the marriage
Physical and emotional health of the spouses
Earning capacity of both spouses
Whether a spouse has special skills or training
The property division of marital assets
Because there are no hard rules for determining the size of alimony, spousal maintenance can be one of the more contentious aspects of divorce proceedings. Our attorneys always first seek to use collaboration to resolve a divorce as amicably as possible.
If collaboration is not the right option for you, we have extensive litigation experience in courtrooms throughout Waukesha County and across the state. We know how to succeed during litigated family law matters, and we will use this knowledge to provide you with a strong legal plan tailored to secure the favorable outcome you desire.
At our firm, you will work personally with one of our highly skilled family law attorneys. We will never hand off your case to a law clerk or an inexperienced associate.
Speak with us to schedule your free initial case review. Please contact our Waukesha office.