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Spousal Support In Washington State

At Cogdill Nichols Rein Wartelle Andrews, our family law clients frequently ask us questions about spousal maintenance (sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal support). This is not surprising, because many people have misconceptions about this subject.

In Washington State, spousal maintenance is not mandated under the law, though it is awarded on a temporary and sometimes a permanent basis. Generally speaking, the parties can choose whether to include or exclude spousal maintenance as part of the overall divorce settlement. There are tax and financial issues as well.

An alimony attorney at our firm can answer your questions and provide guidance going forward. To schedule a consultation, contact Cogdill Nichols Rein Wartelle Andrews in Everett.

How Does Spousal Maintenance Work?

Unlike child support, there is no statutory formula for spousal maintenance. The court may award spousal maintenance on a temporary or permanent basis, based on factors such as the length of the marriage and the earning abilities of the parties. On the other hand, the parties may opt for a settlement that does not include spousal maintenance. Tax considerations can affect the decision, because spousal maintenance is taxable for the receiver and tax deductible for the payer.

Our Everett divorce lawyers have extensive experience analyzing the financial, taxation and practical aspects of spousal maintenance for clients of modest means and those in high-asset marriages. We will work diligently to develop the solution that is right for you. When necessary, we can work with a vocational specialist who can assess the education and work experience of a spouse. In a case involving a spouse who devoted time to raising a family or a professional who has been out of the workforce for a considerable period, these analyses can make a significant difference.

We Are Ready To Help You

Whatever your situation, you can be assured that CNRWA will develop the solution that is most appropriate for you and that protects your interests. For a consultation about spousal maintenance issues, contact Cogdill Nichols Rein Wartelle Andrews.