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Two people do not have to be married in order to eligible for a change in alimony. Two people can be in a de-facto relationship (where they are not married), but they act like a married couple.
After a divorce is final, you can usually remove your ex spouse from the life insurance policy unless a court orders otherwise to secure support payments.
With Wisconsin being a “no fault” state, infidelity does not help or hurt someone in the judge's final decision on spousal support. In addition, it has no impact on alimony or property and debt division.
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In Wisconsin, the legislature set out the criteria for the court to consider when awarding a party maintenance (also known as alimony). Maintenance is supposed to be temporary and rehabilitative. However, in long term marriages it can sometimes be collected for the rest of a person’s life. If temporary alimony cannot bring out rehabilitation, then the court can, in proper circumstances, order alimony on a long-term or indefinite amount. If you do not get alimony at the time of the divorce, you cannot get alimony later on.
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