Milwaukee Maintenance & Alimony Lawyers
Fighting for your financial security in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties
Spousal maintenance, or alimony, is one of the most unpredictable elements of divorce in Wisconsin. Judges have wide discretion in deciding whether maintenance is appropriate and how much to award. Although in this age of two-career marriages, courts grant alimony in an ever-decreasing number of cases, the court’s decision can have a profound impact on your financial security, whether you pay or receive support. At Karp & Iancu, S.C., we negotiate spousal maintenance agreements that take the risk out of an adverse court ruling. When it is necessary to litigate the issue, we present a comprehensive case based on all relevant facts to help the court reach a favorable decision.
Determined advocacy for both supporting and recipient spouses
According to the Wisconsin statute governing spousal maintenance, §767.56, there are several factors the family law court must consider when deciding whether to award spousal support and in what amount:
(a) The length of the marriage
(b) The age and physical and emotional health of the parties
(c) The division of property made under s. 767.61
(d) The educational level of each party at the time of marriage and at the time the action is commenced
(e) The earning capacity of the party seeking maintenance, including . . . custodial responsibilities for children and the time and expense necessary to acquire sufficient education or training . . . to find appropriate employment
(f) The feasibility that the party seeking maintenance can become self-supporting at a standard of living reasonably comparable to that enjoyed during the marriage, and, if so, the length of time necessary
(g) The tax consequences to each party
(h) Any mutual agreement made by the parties before or during the marriage
(i) The contribution by one party to the education, training or increased earning power of the other
(j) Such other factors as the court may in each individual case determine to be relevant
After reading this list, you can probably imagine what makes spousal maintenance so unpredictable. The factors are numerous, and the last on the list indicates the court is free to consider any and all facts the parties venture to raise. Yet, the statute does not present the court with any order of priority or relative weight to be given to one factor over another. Faced with such uncertainty, it is vitally important that you have strong advocacy from an experienced divorce lawyer. That’s exactly what you get from the attorneys at Karp & Iancu, S.C..
Contact our Milwaukee law firm for determined representation in alimony disputes
Whether you are petitioning for spousal maintenance or are concerned about making payments, you need reliable legal representation. The knowledgeable and experienced attorneys at Karp & Iancu, S.C. can capably handle your alimony dispute and all of your other divorce issues. Call us at 414-453-0800 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.