Seattle Alimony/Spousal Maintenance Attorney

Washington courts are given substantial discretion to determine the amount and the duration of spousal maintenance — or whether to award it at all. In that sense, it is significantly different from child support, which is determined by using a rigid statutory formula.

Given the leeway that courts have in this area, it is essential that you work with an experienced family law attorney who will protect your rights, whether you expect to receive spousal maintenance or pay it.

I am Kenneth F. Bromet, Attorney at Law, and I advocate aggressively on behalf of my clients for fair spousal maintenance agreements. I begin by gaining a full understanding of your household's financial situation. I have the resources to fully analyze complex holdings and even the most convoluted net income figures in order to present a clear and comprehensive case on your behalf.

Factors The Court Considers

More often than not, agreement on spousal maintenance can be reached without the need for litigation. When a fair agreement cannot be reached, however, I am always prepared to advocate for you in court. Washington courts consider a number of factors when determining spousal maintenance, including:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The standard of living set during the marriage
  • The age of a requesting spouse as well as his or her physical and emotional health
  • The ability of both parties to be self-sufficient
  • The ability of the higher earner to pay
  • The division of marital property

Maintenance payments stop if the spouse receiving support marries or files for a new domestic partnership. It is also possible to petition the court to modify maintenance payments if there has been a substantial change in circumstances, for example, a significant increase or decrease in salary for either party.

Contact Kenneth F. Bromet, Attorney at Law

Spousal maintenance can be a hotly contested issue in divorce. Don't risk your financial future to an inexperienced lawyer. I welcome the opportunity to answer your questions and recommend the best steps to take during a free, no-obligation consultation. Contact me to schedule an appointment.

I work with residents throughout Seattle and all of King County. My office is conveniently located in the Eastlake area and has plenty of free street parking.