Spousal Support Attorney

Secure your future with the guidance of our experienced spousal support attorneys. Benefit from our expertise in navigating the complexities of spousal support laws, ensuring a favorable outcome for your case.

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, is a legal obligation that arises during or after a divorce, where one spouse is required to provide financial assistance to the other.

In Washington State, the court takes into consideration various factors when determining the necessity and amount of support. These factors include the following: 1) the financial resources of the party seeking maintenance; 2) the time needed to acquire education necessary to obtain employment; 3) the standard of living during the marriage; 4) the duration of the marriage; 5) the age, physical and emotional condition, and financial obligations of the spouse seeking maintenance; and 6) the ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his or her needs and obligations while providing the other spouse with maintenance. 

By carefully examining these aspects, the court ensures a fair and equitable resolution that takes into account the unique circumstances of the individuals involved. In Washington State, these rules are based on RCW 26.09.090, which ensures fair and considerate decisions by the judges.

Bottom Design

Spousal support is not about punishing one party or rewarding the other. It is about recognizing the shared financial responsibility that comes with marriage and ensuring that both parties can maintain a reasonable standard of living after separation.

Types of Spousal Support in Washington State

In Washington, spousal support is divided into distinct types, each tailored to address specific circumstances and needs. Understanding these categories can provide clarity as you navigate through the complexities of your divorce proceedings.

Temporary Support

This provides short-term help during the divorce process, ensuring financial stability until the divorce is final. It serves as a temporary solution to help with bills and living costs.

Short-Term (Transitional) Support

This support is for after the divorce, particularly for shorter marriages. It is designed to assist one spouse in getting on their feet, acquiring new job skills, or adjusting to living independently.

Long-Term or Permanent Support

Usually applicable to longer marriages, this support may last for many years or even indefinitely. It aims to assist a spouse who may not be able to earn as much as the other, especially if they have been out of the job market for an extended period.

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Rehabilitative Support

This type of support helps a spouse obtain training or education to improve their job prospects. The goal is to enhance their skills and enable them to support themselves in the future.

Compensatory Support

This support is provided when one spouse has sacrificed significantly to support the other's career or education. It acknowledges the contribution and offers gratitude for helping the other person succeed.

Maintenance Support

This support aims to maintain the lifestyle one spouse was accustomed to during the marriage. It is more common when one spouse has not worked for a long time and requires assistance to maintain their previous standard of living.

How You Benefit From Hiring a Spousal Support Attorney

When it comes to dealing with spousal support in Washington State, having a lawyer by your side can truly make a difference. Here’s why:

Protection of Your Rights

Your lawyer will be your advocate, ensuring that your rights are protected. They will make sure your voice is heard in court and that your needs are taken seriously.

Negotiation Skills

Lawyers are skilled negotiators. They will engage with your spouse's lawyer and strive to reach a fair agreement that works in your favor.

Avoiding Mistakes

In spousal support cases, there are numerous forms and legal steps involved. Even a small mistake can have significant consequences. Your lawyer will handle all the paperwork and ensure that everything is done correctly.

Expert Guidance

Spousal support laws can be complex, but fear not! A lawyer knows these laws inside out and will guide you through the process. They will explain all the legal terms and rules in a way that's easy to understand.

Communication Facilitation

If you and your ex-spouse are unable to come to an agreement, communication can become difficult. A lawyer can act as a mediator, facilitating communication and helping reach a resolution.

Saving Time and Reducing Stress

Dealing with legal matters can be time-consuming and overwhelming. By entrusting a lawyer, you can focus on your life and move forward while we handle the heavy lifting.


Risks of Not Hiring a Spousal Support Attorney

Choosing not to have a lawyer can be risky. Here are some common issues that individuals may encounter:

Unfair Settlements

Without a legal expert, you might agree to terms that aren’t fair to you. You could end up receiving less money than you deserve or paying more than necessary.

Legal Mistakes

The legal system is intricate, with complex rules and paperwork. Without familiarity with these, it’s easy to make mistakes that could harm your case.

Lengthier Process

Lack of knowledge about the legal process can lead to delays in your case. This means more time until you receive support or more time spent paying support.

Not Knowing Legal Rights

Are you fully aware of all your legal rights or how to protect them? A lawyer can explain these rights to you and ensure that they are respected.

Frequently Asked Questions About Spousal Support

How is spousal support determined in Washington State?

Spousal support is determined based on factors such as the duration of the marriage, financial need, and earning capacity.

Can spousal support be modified?

Yes, modifications can be requested in case of significant changes in financial circumstances.

How long does spousal support last?

The duration varies based on the type of support and individual case circumstances. It can range from a few months to several years or even indefinitely.