Spousal Support

Recent Posts in the Spousal Support Category

  • Reducing or Canceling Spousal Support Payments

    Reducing or Canceling Spousal Support Payments There are many reasons an ex-spouse may feel like their spousal support order is no longer fair. Below, we discuss what can be done to reduce or cancel a spousal support order that was awarded as part of a divorce settlement . Change In Circumstances If the settlement agreement or alimony order doesn't specify a timeframe for when alimony can be modified, then both spouses have the option to file a request with the court to ask for a change to the order. Ex-spouses should try to first reach an agreement to reduce support ...
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  • 3 Things to Know About Spousal Support in Washington

    3 Things to Know About Spousal Support in Washington Spousal support, also called spousal maintenance, is a court-ordered payment that one spouse must make to the other to make sure that neither spouse is left destitute both during and after the divorce proceedings . Below, we explain different types of spousal support, the tax consequences, and when spousal support can be modified in Washington. #1: Types of Spousal Maintenance Judges in Washington can award three types of spousal maintenance: temporary support, short-term maintenance, and long-term maintenance. Judes can ...
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  • Common Legal Challenges Blended Families Face During the Divorce Process

    Common Legal Challenges Blended Families Face During the Divorce Process The number of blended families has grown significantly over the last decade. From people cohabiting together outside of marriage to gay marriages and second marriages, there is now greater social acceptance of non-traditional family structures. The modern family can sometimes include the biological children of both partners and stepchildren, which means different legal issues need to be considered by blended families. Child Custody When two people with children of their own marry and create a new family unit, issues like ...
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  • Paying and Receiving Spousal Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Paying and Receiving Spousal Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic By Theresa Lorella , McKinley Irvin Senior Attorney The overall issues regarding spousal support—alimony—mirror the general themes set out in the previous blog that describes child support. Namely, the person who is supposed to pay may not have the funds right now and the person who is receiving support likely needs those funds more than ever. Because this issue doesn’t involve children, it may be even less emergent to the court in your jurisdiction, meaning you may not be able to get your issue—on either the paying or ...
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  • How Does Wealth Affect Divorce?

    How Does Wealth Affect Divorce? A dissolution of marriage is, in many ways, like the dissolution of a business when it comes to assets and property. The financial holdings of the divorcing couple must be identified, valued, and distributed between the parties. When a divorce involves a hefty financial portfolio, each of those steps are more time-consuming and resource-intensive, often taking years to resolve. There are even more ways in which wealth will affect the divorce process: Marital Agreements Are Often a Factor Wealthier couples are more likely to ...
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  • 3 Key Changes in the New Tax Bill That May Affect Your Divorce

    3 Key Changes in the New Tax Bill That May Affect Your Divorce By James Stensel President Trump signed the Tax Cut and Reform Bill into law on December 22, 2017, representing the biggest tax overhaul since the 1986 bill signed into law by Ronald Reagan. While all American taxpayers can expect changes to their taxes, if you are getting divorced or thinking about divorce, you should absolutely be paying attention to the following three key changes affecting divorcing parties under the 2017 bill: 1. Alimony Under the current IRS tax code, alimony (a.k.a. spousal support or spousal ...
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  • Am I Liable for My Ex-Spouse's Debts?

    Am I Liable for My Ex-Spouse's Debts? Property division can be one of the most confusing and challenging parts of a divorce, especially when there are significant assets or debts involved. While most people are aware that items of value are divisible in a divorce, some fail to consider that debts must also be reassigned. In this blog, we’ll explain the basics of division of assets and debts. Debts are divided in the same manner as assets. Washington is a community property state, which means that all property acquired and income earned during a marriage belongs ...
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  • How Much Child Support Will I Get in Washington State?

    How Much Child Support Will I Get in Washington State? Child support in Washington State is calculated using the Washington State Child Support Schedule (WSCSS) to determine how much child support must be paid to a custodial parent each month. This schedule works a lot like an income tax table. It takes the income level of each parent into account in order to calculate a support amount that meets the needs of the child(ren). The schedule also exists to make sure that parents throughout the state either receive or pay similar amounts of support. Child support obligations are ...
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