Advocating For Your Interests In Spousal Support Issues

Spousal support — sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance — is a complex and often highly disputed matter in divorce cases. The law governing spousal support claims in Washington grants courts considerable discretion, so it is critical that you have a skilled divorce lawyer if you believe that spousal support may become an issue in your dissolution.

At Hodgson Law Office in Spokane, I have experience handling spousal support issues. If you are seeking a dissolution, I encourage you to contact me, Mark D. Hodgson. I have represented hundreds of clients in family law cases and have considerable experience in divorce cases involving spousal support claims.

What Factors Are Used When Determining Spousal Support?

Spouses may agree on the issue of spousal support, but if they do not, it becomes a matter for the court. The court may order either spouse to pay support and may determine the amount and duration of the support order.

Spousal support under Washington law is provided as rehabilitative support. When determining the amount and duration of a spousal support order, a court will consider several factors, including:

  • The financial resources of the spouse seeking support, including community property, separate property and child support he or she will receive as part of the dissolution
  • The time a spouse seeking support requires to obtain an education or training appropriate for his or her "skill, interests, style of life and other attendant circumstances"
  • The standard of living enjoyed by spouses during their marriage
  • The length of the marriage
  • The age, health, physical condition or emotional condition of the party seeking maintenance
  • The financial obligations of the spouse seeking support
  • The ability of the other spouse to pay support, while meeting his or her needs and financial obligations
  • Other factors deemed appropriate by the court

It is essential that you have a skilled advocate in your corner. You need an experienced Spokane spousal support attorney who will take time to examine the entire financial picture of both spouses and take into account future earning capacity, property division, child support, debts and other issues that will impact the respective security of both parties.

Protect Your Future. Contact Me For Help.

Spousal support will impact your financial goals and future after your divorce has been finalized. I have the experience, knowledge and conviction to provide the vigorous representation you require. Call me at 509-720-8991 or 800-732-4698 or fill out an online form to schedule a free consultation.