John Anthony Ward, LLC in Kenosha, WI, can help you through all legal matters relating to a divorce. One of the most contentious issues in many cases of divorce is spousal support. The factors considered when determining spousal support are different in every case, and you have to put the best evidence forward to achieve an outcome that serves your best interests. Spousal support is awarded not only in a certain amount, but also on a temporary or permanent basis with overall property distribution taken into account. Whether you or your ex-spouse seeks support, our firm is here to help you achieve an outcome that serves your best interests.
Types of Spousal Support
The type of support awarded in your case will be either:
- Temporary: This support is paid on a temporary basis, while the divorce case is still pending. The point of providing temporary support before all of the decisions in the case have been made is to provide an income and financial footing to a spouse in need. Most times, the payments are used to establish a new household.
- Permanent: After your divorce is final, spousal support payments are permanent, meaning payments are made as long as the divorce decree requires. This may be for a set number of years, or until a certain amount is paid.
How Spousal Support Is Determined
In order for a court to make a proper determination of how much support is appropriate, and for how long, several factors are considered. These include:
- The length of the marriage.
- The financial condition and income of each spouse.
- The needs of each party.
- The property and other asset distribution.
- The age and physical health of each spouse.
However, there is no set list of what the court looks at when awarding spousal support. It could be that one spouse contributed significantly more during the marriage, or has more earning capacity than the other. When looking at earning capacity, the court has to consider educational levels and work history, and whether there is a need for one parent to stay home from work to take care of children.
The outcome of these decisions can have a profound impact on your livelihood, and you have everything to gain by hiring an attorney to protect your rights.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Whether you stand to pay spousal support or are in need of spousal support, you need an advocate who understand the complexities surrounding this issue. Our firm can collect essential data and present a case in favor of a just conclusion. The outcome of these decisions can have a profound impact on your livelihood, and you have everything to gain by hiring an attorney to protect your rights.
After we visit with you about your case, we will be able to pinpoint what the court may or may not take into account, so you have an idea of what to expect. We help clients on both sides of the issue by aggressively pursuing results that serve your best interests.
If you have questions about spousal support, we have answers. We can be reached online, or by calling (262) 671-8692. Mr. Ward has been practicing law for over 30 years and offers a free initial consultation. You have nothing to lose by consulting Mr. Ward about your case.
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