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Vancouver Alimony Attorneys

Handling Spousal Support Matters in Washington

Procedures for property division and alimony in a divorce are established by Washington State law. Alimony is money that one spouse is required to pay the other after a divorce. If you have questions about alimony law in Washington or Oregon, call Beaty Hatch PC. Our alimony lawyers in Vancouver have been serving the legal needs of clients in the local area for more than 20 years.

Contact our law firm at (360) 566-6966 to meet with an attorney.

How Alimony Is Awarded in Washington

The court will consider the value of the property and assets of each spouse after property division. While this is a community property state and marital property is generally divided equally, the circumstances of the spouses may be dramatically different based on separate property owned by one spouse, income, and other factors.

The factors courts consider when awarding alimony include:

  • The age of each spouse
  • The marital standard of living
  • The health conditions of each spouse
  • The ability of the paying spouse to make payments
  • Time needed for education or retraining of one spouse

Misconduct of one spouse during the marriage is not considered when awarding alimony, even if the misconduct led to the breakdown of the marriage. For example, if one spouse abandoned the other or committed adultery, this will not have an impact on if, or how much, alimony is awarded to the other spouse. Since each situation is unique, we recommend that you discuss your situation with our alimony attorneys in Vancouver.

Duration of Alimony Awards

When alimony is awarded, it is generally for a specific amount of time. The biggest factor in the duration of alimony payments is the length of the marriage. Washington State usually awards one year of spousal support for every three years of the marriage, so a 12-year marriage would result in 4 years of alimony payments. Long-term marriages lasting 25 years or more often result in a permanent alimony award.

Please call (360) 566-6966 to learn how the law applies to your circumstances.

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