The term maintenance refers to the support that one spouse pays to the other. In some States, it is referred to as alimony, or spousal support. The amount and length of a maintenance order are issues that must be addressed in many cases. When determining maintenance, Wisconsin courts keep two objectives in mind: supporting the recipient spouse according to the needs and earning capacities of the parties, and ensuring a fair and equitable financial arrangement between the parties.
There are tax implications to consider when maintenance is an issue as well as a determination of the income and/or earning capacity of the parties. A number of factors go into a determination of maintenance including but not limited to the length of the marriage and the age and health of the parties. The goal is to resolve the issues of whether maintenance is appropriate and if it is the amount and length of the maintenance obligation as efficiently as possible in the context of negotiating a fair and reasonable arrangement.