Calculating Alimony in Wisconsin
Calculating alimony can be difficult – our experienced lawyers can help you calculate the proper amount of alimony, or spousal maintenance, you or your spouse should be expected to pay.
When choosing to divorce your spouse, alimony can cause some confusion and anxiety. You might be concerned about the way your property and your income will be split. While more couples are both choosing to work, not every relationship is balanced this way. You or your spouse may not have a job, whether that’s for childcare purposes, homemaking, or an inability to work.
If you are struggling to calculate alimony for your case, our legal guidance can help you determine the best route to take when it comes to alimony.
Calculating Spousal Maintenance
Wisconsin works a bit differently than most other states when it comes to alimony, in that it bases your alimony on your unique case, not a specific formula. This method can make it more difficult for you to calculate your payments or your spouse’s payments without a lawyer who understands Wisconsin law.
Typically, your alimony will be decided based on the assets and wealth available to the lower-income spouse at the time of the divorce. For example, any of the following could be considered for your alimony:
- The length of the marriage
- Your education levels
- Any background or training
- Years away from the workforce
- Physical and mental capacity to work
Using these factors, among others, the court will decide the amount that should be paid in alimony, as well as how long those payments will last. Your attorney can use their resources to help you find how much you can expect from your Wisconsin alimony payments.
Your Payments May Change
If your situation changes, keep in mind that your alimony can change, too. You or your spouse could go through a major life change, like a job loss, so you may need to recalculate your Wisconsin alimony at that time.
If your situation changes and you need your alimony to be reconsidered, seek out a lawyer who can help you modify your case. You’ll need to sign the right papers and provide evidence that your living situation has changed substantially.
Unfortunately, you might not be sure how much that alimony should change, or whether the court will decide that the change is significant enough to justify modifying it. In these cases, you may need legal help to find your alimony’s worth and to get it changed.
Calculate Alimony with a Wisconsin Attorney’s Help
Our family law attorneys at Karp & Iancu understand how important it is for you to understand what to expect when it comes to making or receiving alimony payments. Alimony in Wisconsin can be complex, making it difficult to determine what’s fair for you and your former spouse. We’ll review your case and help you determine the alimony payments you may need to pay or receive. That way, you know what to expect before you enter the courtroom.
If you’re struggling with your case, reach out for a free, 1-hour consultation. We’ll discuss your options before your alimony is decided, so you know what to expect from your case. When you’re ready to begin, reaching out to us is simple. You can give us a call anytime or fill out the form below.