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Spousal support
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What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is an important issue that arises in cases involving divorce or legal separation. In Washington State, spousal support is governed by specific statutory guidelines that take into account the financial circumstances of both parties. In this write-up, we will discuss spousal support statutes in Washington State, what the court looks at in making decisions, and provide supporting case law to illustrate our expertise in this area of law.

Spousal Support/Alimony Statutes in Washington State

In Washington State, spousal support is governed by the Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 26.09. The statute sets out the factors that the court will consider in determining whether spousal support should be awarded, and if so, how much and for how long. Some of the most important factors include the financial resources of each party, the length of the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, and the earning capacity of each party.

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What the Court Looks at in Making Decisions

When making decisions about spousal support, the court will consider a variety of factors. Some of the most important factors include:

  • The financial resources of each party, including their income, assets, and debts;
  • The earning capacity of each party, including their education, training, and work experience;
  • The standard of living during the marriage;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • The age and health of each party;
  • The contributions of each party to the marriage, including homemaking and child-rearing;
  • Any history of domestic violence or abuse;
  • Any other relevant factor that may affect the financial circumstances of the parties.
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How Our Firm Can Help?

At our law firm, we have extensive experience in handling spousal support cases in Washington State. Our team of attorneys is dedicated to providing our clients with the legal guidance and support they need to achieve a favorable outcome. We understand that every spousal support case is unique, and we work closely with our clients to develop a customized legal strategy that meets their specific needs.

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In conclusion, spousal support is an important legal issue that requires careful consideration of the financial circumstances of both parties. If you are in need of legal assistance with a spousal support case, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm for a consultation. We have a deep understanding of the laws and regulations surrounding spousal support in Washington State, and can provide effective legal representation to help you achieve your goals. With our experience and expertise, you can be confident that you are in good hands.

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