Monday, June 15, 2009
Washington Spousal Maintenance
In Washington, the concept of alimony was replaced with spousal maintenance. Maintenance is based upon what the court ultimately determines is just, including the resources of the party requesting maintenance including the assets to be received and the need for child support, time needed to get training to become employable, the standard of living established during the relationship, the duration of the relationship, the age and condition (physical, emotional or financial) of the party requesting maintenance, and the ability of the paying spouse to meet his/her needs while paying maintenance.
There are always two issues that need to be addressed with spousal maintenance. The first is how much, and the second is how long. Unfortunately there is no scientific formula to determine either of these. It is more of an art than it is a science. A good, experienced family law attorney can give you an idea of what you might expect from your trial judge.
The Renton law firm of Mogren, Glessner & Roti, represents clients in a variety of family law cases, including determining spousal maintenance is divorce actions. Please visit our web page at http://www.mgrlaw.com/ for more information.