Alimony/Spousal Support

Washington Divorce Lawyer

In the state of Washington, alimony (or spousal support) is technically referred to by statute as spousal maintenance. The primary factor considered by the courts in determining the amount or issuance of an alimony award is the duration of a marriage. Other factors, including the disparity of income between spouses, will be considered by the court and used to determine whether an award of alimony is appropriate, and if so, how much should be awarded and for what duration of time.

There is no precise mathematical formula a person can use that will predict precisely how a court will decide in a particular case involving a claim for alimony/spousal maintenance. The best way to protect your rights if you are getting a divorce is to retain an experienced divorce lawyer who can perform a complete analysis of your case and use his or her knowledge of the law to make a persuasive argument in your favor.

As with any dispute in a divorce, disagreements over a request for alimony/spousal maintenance may be negotiated and may even be the subject of mediation. If negotiation and mediation do not result in an agreement between spouses, a judge will hear evidence at trial and issue an order in conformity with Washington law.

Representation in Pierce County and South King County

At the law firm of Tim Edwards & Associates, we represent clients throughout Pierce County and South King County in a wide range of family law matters, including divorce cases involving a claim for alimony/spousal maintenance. Our firm practices exclusively in divorce and family law matters. Attorney Tim Edwards has over 30 years' experience with divorce cases and has negotiated and litigated many divorce cases involving claims for alimony/spousal maintenance.

Offices in Auburn, Seattle, Tacoma and Puyallup

From our office in Auburn, our firm is pleased to assist clients throughout Pierce County and South King County. To schedule an appointment at one of our office locations, contact us.