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Vancouver Alimony Lawyer

Helping Clients With Alimony Matters in Washington

Alimony is money that one spouse is required to pay the other after a divorce. Generally, for every 3 to 4 years of marriage, the higher-earning spouse is required to pay the lower-earning spouse 1 year of alimony. There are a variety of factors that can determine the amount and duration of a spousal support order. 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 65 years combined.

How is Alimony Determined in WA?

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.

Can Alimony Be Modified in WA State?

Under certain conditions, alimony can be modified by the court. These conditions include:

  • The decree of your divorce must have not ordered that alimony be “non-modifiable”
  • There must have been a substantial change in circumstances, such as a loss of job, decrease in wage, or disabling illness

If both parties agree to modify the agreement, the process will go much smoother in court. If the parties disagree, a judge will determine the best course of action. Keep in mind, you will most likely need to file your modification request in the same county that you filed the original order.

Alimony Tax Considerations in Washington

Before January 1, 2019, spouses who paid alimony were able to include their payments as tax deductions. However, as of that date, the state of Washington has removed that benefit due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Since this new law can dramatically impact your finances, it is important to call our alimony attorney to discuss your options.

How Long Does Alimony Last in Washington?

When alimony is awarded, it is generally for a specific amount of time. There are many factors associated with this, as the amount and duration of maintenance are based on the parties’ unique circumstances, needs, and abilities with the court considering all of the factors per the statutory guidelines. For more information, contact Beaty Hatch PC today, our attorneys can review your situation to assess the potential duration of an alimony award by the court.

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Alimony

Alimony is a critical aspect of divorce settlements, and it is essential to understand both the benefits and drawbacks of receiving or paying alimony. Our Vancouver alimony lawyers can provide expert guidance on the pros and cons of alimony and help you make informed decisions.

Benefits of Receiving Alimony

  • Financial Support: Alimony can provide financial assistance to individuals who may not have the means to support themselves after a divorce.
  • Standard of Living: Alimony can help maintain the standard of living of the spouse who earns less or does not have a steady income.
  • Compensation: Alimony can compensate for the sacrifices a spouse made during the marriage, such as giving up a career to support the family.

Challenges of Alimony Payments

  • Financial Burden: Paying alimony can be a significant financial burden, especially if the paying spouse has to support themselves and their family.
  • Dependency: Receiving alimony may create a sense of dependency on the paying spouse, which can lead to a lack of motivation to become self-sufficient.
  • Change in Lifestyle: Paying or receiving alimony can significantly impact the lifestyle of both spouses, which can lead to resentment and conflicts.

Our experienced family law attorneys can help you understand the different types of alimony and factors considered when determining alimony in Washington State. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get the legal support you need.

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

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Commonly Asked Questions

Can the paying spouse request a modification of the alimony order?

Yes, if there has been a substantial change in circumstances such as a loss of job, decrease in wage, or disabling illness, the paying spouse can request a modification of the alimony order. However, if the decree of divorce ordered that alimony is non-modifiable, the paying spouse cannot request a modification.

Is misconduct during the marriage considered when awarding alimony in Washington state?

No, misconduct during the marriage such as abandonment or adultery is not considered when awarding alimony in Washington state, even if the misconduct led to the breakdown of the marriage.


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