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     Maintenance is a legal term which is often referred to as spousal support or alimony. As the terms imply maintenance is a sum of money which is paid by one spouse to another for the purpose of supporting them financially. Unlike child support there are no state guidelines which specify the amount and length of maintenance; it is not even a given that maintenance will be awarded at all. If maintenance is an issue in your case it is imperative that you seek representation of a divorce attorney. Once maintenance is waived it is waived forever and can not be requested anytime after the divorce. If maintenance is awarded it can last indefinitely and be a financial burden on the payer potentially for the rest of their life. A family law attorney who has experience handling these cases is an invaluable resource to protect your interests.

     Courts must consider several factors when determining the length and duration of maintenance should it decide to award maintenance. These factors include:

     1. The length of the marriage.
     2. The age and physical and emotional health of the parties.
     3. The property division.
     4. The educational level of each party at the time of the marriage
         and at the time the action is commenced.
     5. The earning capacity of the party seeking maintenance.
     6. The feasibility that the party seeking maintenance can become self-supporting
         at a standard of living reasonably comparable to that enjoyed during the
         marriage, and, if so, the length of time necessary to achieve this goal.
     7. The tax consequences to each party.
     8. Any mutual agreement made by the parties before or during the marriage.
     9. The contribution by one party to the education, training or
         increased earning power of the other.
     10. Such other factors as the court may in each individual case
          determine to be relevant.

     As all these factors interrelate it is essential that you have a divorce attorney who is experienced in dealing with maintenance cases. You must be able to weigh the true needs of the recipient against the ability to pay of the payor. Often times slight changes to child support, tax exemptions, or the division of property can have dramatic effects on the amount and length of maintenance. Brabazon Law Office can help you calculate a fair maintenance award now and will look to your future needs and make sure that you have the best chance of being able to support yourself in the future.

     Our Wisconsin child support attoneys practice not just in the Green Bay, Brown County area. Our experienced child support attorneys will aggressively represent your interests in any county throughout the Fox Valley and Northeastern Wisconsin. We have experience practicing Wisconsin child support Law in De Pere, Appleton, Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, Kewaunee, Sturgeon Bay, Neenah, Menasha, Marinette, Shawano, Waupaca and Wausau.

     When you need a law firm that understands what you are going through when you are dealing with child maintenance issues, visit or contact us at Brabazon Law Office to schedule a consultation with a Brabazon Green Bay child support lawyer by calling today at 1-800-596-0691 or using our contact form.

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