Washington Spousal Support Attorneys
Helping Divorcing Couples Calculate Alimony Payments in WA
Are you facing a spousal support issue in Washington State? Whether you are seeking spousal support or defending against a spousal support claim, the experienced legal team at McKinley Irvin is here to help. Our dedicated Washington spousal support lawyers have a deep understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding spousal support in the state of Washington, and we are committed to helping our clients achieve fair and equitable resolutions to their spousal support matters.
Call (206) 625-9600 to discuss your case with our Washington spousal support lawyers.
Understanding Spousal Support
Spousal support, also commonly referred to as alimony, is a legal arrangement in which one spouse provides financial assistance to the other spouse during or after a divorce or legal separation. The primary purpose of spousal support is to address any financial disparities that may exist between the parties due to the end of the marriage, ensuring that both spouses can maintain a similar standard of living.
In Washington State, spousal support is governed by state laws and is determined based on various factors.
Here are the common types of spousal support in Washington:
- Temporary Spousal Support: This type of support is also known as "pendente lite" support. It is awarded during the divorce process to ensure that both spouses can maintain their financial stability while the divorce is pending. Temporary spousal support helps cover immediate expenses such as housing, utilities, and groceries until a final spousal support determination is made.
- Rehabilitative Spousal Support: Rehabilitative support is awarded to help the receiving spouse become financially self-sufficient in the future. This type of support is typically provided for a specific duration and is often intended to cover educational or job training expenses. It aims to assist the recipient spouse in acquiring the skills or education necessary to re-enter the workforce and support themselves.
- Permanent Spousal Support: Permanent spousal support is relatively rare and is typically awarded in cases where one spouse may never be able to fully support themselves financially due to factors such as advanced age, disability, or long-term marriage. This type of support continues indefinitely, subject to court modification in certain circumstances.
It's important to note that in Washington, the court considers a range of factors when determining the amount and duration of spousal support, including:
- The length of the marriage: Longer marriages may result in longer-lasting or permanent spousal support awards.
- Each spouse's financial resources and needs: The court assesses the financial situation of both spouses, including income, assets, and expenses.
- The standard of living established during the marriage: The court aims to help both parties maintain a lifestyle similar to that experienced during the marriage.
- Each spouse's age and physical and emotional health: Health issues or age-related limitations may affect the ability to work and support oneself.
- Contributions of each spouse to the marriage: The court considers both financial and non-financial contributions to the marriage, such as homemaking and childcare.
- Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements: If a valid agreement addressing spousal support exists, it may influence the court's decision.
- The time required for the recipient spouse to become self-sufficient: The court evaluates the recipient spouse's ability to acquire the necessary education or training to achieve financial independence.
- Other relevant factors: The court may consider any other circumstances deemed relevant to the case.
How McKinley Irvin Can Help
At McKinley Irvin, our Washington spousal support lawyers understand that every case is unique. We take the time to listen to our clients, understand their specific circumstances, and tailor our legal strategies to meet their individual needs.
Here's how our experienced team can assist you:
- Comprehensive Legal Guidance: Our attorneys have a deep knowledge of Washington's spousal support laws and will provide you with comprehensive legal guidance. We will explain your rights and responsibilities, help you understand the potential outcomes of your case, and work with you to develop a strategy that aligns with your goals.
- Negotiation and Mediation: Spousal support cases often involve negotiation and mediation. Our skilled attorneys are adept at negotiating fair spousal support agreements that protect your interests and financial well-being. If necessary, we can also represent you in mediation sessions to help facilitate productive discussions between you and your spouse.
- Litigation: In cases where a resolution cannot be reached through negotiation or mediation, we are prepared to litigate your spousal support case in court. Our experienced trial attorneys will zealously advocate for your rights and work tirelessly to secure a favorable outcome on your behalf.
- Modification and Enforcement: If you are already paying or receiving spousal support and your circumstances have changed, McKinley Irvin can assist you with spousal support modification or enforcement. Whether you need to modify the existing support order or enforce a court-ordered support agreement, our lawyers have the expertise to guide you through the process.
Contact McKinley Irvin at (206) 625-9600 to speak with an alimony attorney in Washington state.