In divorce, spousal support, also known as alimony, is often a critical issue and a point of contention. Whether the court orders you to pay or grants you an award, the amount can significantly impact your financial future. At Cohen Family Law, LLC, our Clark County spousal support attorneys are committed to helping our clients receive a fair spousal support settlement. Schedule a free consultation today to learn how we can help. We can be reached online or call (360) 953-5000 today.
Why Choose Our Clark County Spousal Support Attorney?
We have more than 25 years of combined experience negotiating and litigating spousal support issues.
We can provide the reliable and aggressive representation that you need during this time.
We understand that every spousal maintenance case is unique and requires a different approach.
Why You Need a Spousal Support Lawyer
Washington law does not give specific guidelines for calculating spousal support as it does with child support determinations. Judges are given broad discretion on whether to order spousal support, as well as what the amount will be and the duration. Since there is no formula, a variety of factors will be taken into consideration. For a fair outcome, it will take a skilled spousal support lawyer who knows how to fully investigate the facts and has the resources to perform an in-depth financial analysis to ensure the judge has accurate information on which to base their decision.
How Spousal Support Is Determined in Washington
Washington courts will look at several factors when determining spousal support payments. These include:
Both spouse’s financial situations and obligations
Requesting spouse’s age and health
Requesting spouse’s ability to support themselves after divorce
Communal acquisition of property and items made during the marriage
A spouse can still be awarded maintenance if they are working or temporarily laid off if the court decides it is necessary for them to enjoy the same standard of living they experienced during the marriage. In most situations where the couple was married many years, or a spouse has remained unemployed for a long time, for instance, due to a disability or a mother who stays home to raise their children, the court will award spousal support. Unless the court order states otherwise, spousal support payments will end when the receiving spouse remarries or if one spouse dies.
Modifying Spousal Support
Once the divorce is final, spousal support can be altered but only if there is a “significant change in circumstances.” This phrase has a complicated definition, but good examples of a “significant change” in your life are losing your job or suffering from a debilitating illness. However, if you’re finding it hard to make spousal support payments, then you might be able to seek relief to protect yourself financially.
Speak to an Experienced Spousal Support Attorney in Clark County
Whether you are seeking or opposing spousal support in a divorce or a modification, contact Cohen Family Law, LLC. We can discuss your situation in a free consultation and go over your legal options. Call (360) 953-5000 or send us an email today.