Wisconsin Alimony Calculator

Alimony is called spousal maintenance in Wisconsin. It provides spousal support via a monthly payment from one spouse to the other. It is meant to prevent financial hardship as a result of the divorce.

Get an estimate of future alimony payments based on several alimony models

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Wisconsin does not have guidelines for spousal support. Since there are no percentage baselines, a divorce where spousal support is argued may go to trial if the parties can't come to an agreement. If a divorce with spousal support goes to trial the laws in Wisconsin Statutes 767.26 clearly give sole discretion of spousal support to the court.

Alimony is generally mandated when one spouse will face financial hardship and be unable to maintain his or her standard of living. Spousal maintenance is usually not awarded if both spouses were employed and self-sufficient during the course of the marriage, or if the marriage is of a relatively short (two or three year) duration.

Spousal maintenance is independent of property settlement and child support obligations.

How much spousal maintenance will be awarded in Wisconsin?

Divorcing spouses will often come to an agreement about spousal maintenance amounts without a court ruling. Mediation can be a good way for disagreements to be amicably resolved.  Other times it's necessary for the court to make a determination because the divorcing couple cannot agree.

Unlike child support payments, which are based on guidelines and percentages, courts have broad discretion regarding spousal maintenance amounts and will consider several factors, which may include:

  • property division
  • number of years married
  • tax implications of both spouses
  • physical and emotional health of both spouses
  • earning capacity of the spouse requesting support (with consideration given to education level, work experience, training/skills, custodial responsibilities, and other factors)

Note that perceived marital misconduct is not a factor when figuring spousal maintenance, as Wisconsin is a “no fault” divorce state.

Although courts prefer set spousal maintenance payments, fluctuating amounts based on actual income may be awarded, especially if income level is historically unpredictable. Alternately, and more rarely, a lump sum is paid out.

What is the average amount of alimony?

Since there are no guidelines in Wisconsin for spousal support payments we have provided a few calculators from other states. These are meant to give you an idea of what spousal support might look like depending on the facts of your case.

How long will spousal maintenance be paid in Wisconsin?

The length of time spousal maintenance must be paid varies. Some divorce decrees state that the spousal maintenance timeline is unlimited, while others have a definite end date and/or stipulation that if the spouse receiving support remarries, support ends.  Longer marriages, such as those of fifteen years of more, may require permanent spousal maintenance (unless the spouse remarries or dies).

If there are drastic changes in circumstances after the awarding of spousal maintenance, the court can modify the amount of spousal maintenance.

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*Please remember there are NOT percentage guidelines in the Wisconsin statues and these are formulas from other states. The purpose of this calculator is to give an idea of what spousal support payments may look like depending on the circumstances of your case.
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*Please remember there are NOT percentage guidelines in the Wisconsin statues and these are formulas from other states. The purpose of this calculator is to give an idea of what spousal support payments may look like depending on the circumstances of your case.

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