Wisconsin Alimony Laws
Alimony, also called maintenance or spousal support, ensures that both spouses maintain a standard of living after the divorce. Alimony is meant to last until the receiving spouse can support themself. The court looks at a list of factors when deciding who gets alimony, looking at things like the length of the marriage.
The Process of Alimony in Divorce
Alimony can be ordered as part of a divorce case. Below is a general outline of how most cases that involve alimony look. For more in-depth information on the process, visit our page outlining what it looks like to work with us from start to finish.
When you file your case, be sure to use the correct paperwork. There are different documents needed depending on the specifics of your case.
Temporary orders outline how alimony will look during the divorce case. They also determine things like immediate property division and custody schedules during the divorce.
In court-ordered mediation, a third-party mediator will work with parties to try to find a compromise on each of the divorce issues. One of those key issues is what alimony will look like after the divorce.
The conference prepares the judge for the trial, or the case can end here if the parties agree on how to settle everything.
In the time before the trial date, there is one more chance to negotiate a settlement. Many cases that have not yet settled settle here because a trial is expensive. However, when the other party is unwilling to see reason, a trial can be necessary.
Trial and Finalization
In the trial, all evidence is laid out and each side makes their case for how the final order should be.
After the trial, the judge makes their decisions and lays out the final orders.
Calculating Child Support
One parent pays child support when there is an imbalance in income or in placement time. Child support is meant to support the child and create positive living situations with both parents. How much child support a party pays can be calculated using our child support calculator.