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– from Teresa J. in Richfield, WI

Question Details:

My husband I have been married for nine years. We have one son who is a minor. During our first three years of marriage, my husband went to law school. In order to stay above water, I worked full time while he studied. For the last six years, I went from full-time employee to full-time mother. I understand I should and will find work eventually, but do I qualify for initial maintenance in my upcoming divorce?

Family Law Attorney Response:

I believe requesting maintenance in your situation is completely acceptable.

In the case of LaRocque v. LaRocque, 139 Wis.2d 23, 406 N.W.2d 736 (1987), a wife received maintenance for 18 months but requested more. She eventually received more from the Supreme Court of Wisconsin. Where a spouse has subordinated his or her education or career to devote time and energy to the welfare, career, or education of the spouse or to managing the affairs of the marital partnership, maintenance may be used to compensate this spouse for these non-monetary contributions to the marriage.

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Dan Exner, J.D.

Family Law Attorney

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