Washington Alimony Laws and Spousal Support

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Washington Alimony

Washington alimony or spousal support may be awarded based upon the following factors:
  • the time necessary to acquire sufficient education and training to enable the spouse to find appropriate employment, and that spouse's future earning capacity; 

  • the standard of living established during the marriage; 

  • the duration of the marriage; 

  • the ability of the spouse from whom support is sought to meet his or her needs while meeting those of the spouse seeking support; 

  • the financial resources of the spouse seeking maintenance, including separate or community property apportioned to such spouse and such spouse's ability to meet his or her needs independently;

  • the needs and obligations of each spouse;

  • the age of the spouses; 

  • the physical and emotional conditions of the spouses; and 

  • any child support responsibilities for a child living with the parent.

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