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Wisconsin Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Wisconsin the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Circuit Court will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

The court may grant an order requiring one spouse to pay maintenance to the other party for a temporary or indefinite period of time after considering the following factors:

(a) The duration of the marriage. (b) The age and health of the parties. (c) The property award (d) The educational level of each party. (e) The earning capacity and the custodial arrangement if there are children. (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 to achieve this goal. (g) The tax ramifications of the support order. (h) Any mutual agreements made by the parties. (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. (Wisconsin Statutes - Sections: 767.26, 767.261, 767.29)