You married and spent time establishing a life together. As you look to create separate lives, you need to carefully evaluate an equitable and supportive division of assets to ensure you can both live comfortably. One of you may have supported the other through college or saw tremendous career growth, or maybe one of you stepped back from your career to be a caregiver for your children. Whatever the circumstance, spousal support, also called spousal maintenance or alimony, is the legal mechanism to address the financial disparity in divorcing or separating couples’ incomes.
Our Washington-based family law attorneys can help secure your financial wellbeing during and after your divorce by evaluating potential temporary or long-term spousal support needs and requests.
Support issues can be addressed and agreed upon as part of your negotiations or formally requested in court. It may be necessary to request temporary maintenance from the court to ensure your financial wellbeing while a settlement agreement can be worked out or trial preparations begin. You can work with our skilled spousal support lawyers to find the right solution for your financial situation.
You can request support through legal separation or divorce. In Washington State, spousal support is based on need and ability to pay. The receiving spouse must have a need, and the paying spouse must have the ability to pay. The amount and length of any spousal support are dependent on several factors. Some of the factors considered when evaluating alimony in Washington State are:
Our deeply experienced team can help assess the amount and duration of support that would be fair.
Judges have tremendous discretion to award or deny spousal maintenance in Washington State. However, decisions must be just and fair based on the specific facts of your case. The experienced alimony lawyers on our team can help evaluate your financial options for spousal support at every step in your case.
Whether you need financial support to continue your schooling, want to explore if modifying support is an option, or need help obtaining temporary support during divorce proceedings, we are here to help. Call our team today.
If you and your partner reside in Washington state and are unmarried, you each might qualify for the legal protections availed to you by law by classifying your relationship as a committed intimate relationship.
If you have a significant amount of money saved, you might be considering giving some of it away while you are still alive via what is known in estate planning jargon as a living inheritance. Depending on your desires, you can give your beneficiaries a portion of or all of the inheritance you intend to give them.
Estate planning is commonly associated with preparing for asset distribution and financial management in the event of the estate plan owner’s incapacitation or death. However, an estate plan can protect more than just people and what they have worked so hard during their lifetimes to build. A carefully crafted Washington state estate plan can also protect pets.
Despite being divorced, you may still be able to collect social security benefits through your ex-spouse. Even if you went through a high-conflict divorce or are not on good terms with your ex-spouse currently, they cannot stop you from collecting these benefits if you are eligible. Likewise, your ex-spouse does not need to permit you to apply for social security benefits or have previously completed an application themselves.
If you live in Washington State and have an estranged family member, are you worried about them contesting your will after you die? Well, don’t worry quite yet. There are a variety of criteria an individual must meet to contest a will in the state of Washington.
Depending on your situation, there might also be measures you can take as you revisit your existing estate plan or create a new one to cause them to think twice about doing so. Here is what you need to know about whether an estranged family member can contest a will in Washington state.
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