Appleton Divorce Lawyers Working with You to Solve Your Spousal Support Needs

Navigating Wisconsin’s system of spousal support

Spousal maintenance — commonly referred to as alimony or spousal support in other states — remains one of the most contentious and difficult aspects of family law, making the services of a family law attorney an absolute necessity to ensuring a just and equitable outcome. The level of financial assistance one spouse owes another is set by a judge and is a very fact-specific determination. Each case is different, and a judge must take into account a wide variety of factors. If you are facing a dispute over maintenance, or want to learn how to modify your spousal support obligations, the family law lawyers at Van Hood & Schneider can help.

Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm has more than 75 years of working to achieve the goals our clients set forth. If you are concerned about spousal support or alimony, our divorce lawyers can work on your behalf and put your fears to rest.

How spousal support is calculated in Wisconsin

Wisconsin statute 767.56 lays out the factors that a judge can consider when determining the level of maintenance one spouse may need after a divorce. These factors include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The division of property
  • The earning capacity of the spouse seeking maintenance
  • The tax consequences of an award for both parties
  • Whether one party contributed to the education, training, or increased earning power of the other
  • The age and physical and emotional health of the parties
  • The educational level of each party at the time of the marriage
  • The feasibility of the spouse who is requesting maintenance becoming self-supporting
  • Mutual agreements the parties made prior to the marriage
  • If there are any existing child custody obligations

The statute also allows a judge to consider “such other factors as the court may in each individual case determine to be relevant.” This allows a judge broad discretion to consider all the factors surrounding your marriage and divorce when determining spousal support and maintenance.

Spousal support orders can be modified

Wisconsin maintenance (alimony) and spousal support orders can be modified when there is a substantial change in circumstances since the time of the last Order. The family law lawyers from our firm can provide guidance on interpreting this standard and represent you during hearings on the matter.

Contact us for more information regarding spousal support and alimony in Wisconsin

The offices of Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm are conveniently located on Main Street in Little Chute. Our divorce attorneys strive to put your fears to rest when you are facing difficult questions about spousal support & maintenance and your financial future. We take pride in responding to your inquiries promptly and courteously. For a 30-minute free lawyer consultation, contact us at 920.788.3543 or online.



“Casey, kindness like yours makes a difference. Thank you for all you’ve done for me!”
– Donna Bauman, client.

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Casey Paul Schneider obtained his Bachelor of Science, Dean’s List, 1990, from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh and his Juris Doctor, Dean’s List, 1994, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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Van Hoof & Schneider Law Firm
116 E. Main Street
Little Chute, Wisconsin 54140
Phone: 920.788.3543

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