Spousal support, spousal maintenance, or alimony—how much will you owe your ex after your Washington State divorce, or how much will they owe you? It’s important to have a good idea of what your spousal support will be and what your financial situation will look like following your split. In Washington, the amount you give (or receive) in alimony depends on a number of factors. Here’s how you can get started:
- How long were you married? You may not be eligible for spousal support if you were only married for a short time—less than two or three years. You may be eligible for long-term spousal support if you were married for longer than two decades.
- Do you have dependents? Spousal support may rise if one person is the primary caregiver to young children and must stay home from work.
- What are your income, assets, and expenses? Spousal support is designed to allow your husband or wife to continue to live the same lifestyle as during your marriage, at least for a limited number of years.
- What are your future plans? Spousal support may end if you enter into another marriage, if your children begin school, if you earn a new degree, or if you experience other life changes.
While some states have standard ways to calculate alimony, Washington State instead determines alimony on a case-by-case basis. Still, unless your income and assets are unusually large, you can get a rough idea of spousal maintenance by looking at some simple facts in your marriage.
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