I have been a practicing Washington Family Law attorney for over 35 years. I was a... more
I have been a practicing Washington Family Law attorney for over 35 years. I was a previous president of the Family Law Section of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and the South King County Bar Association. I have also served as a Superior Court Judge pro tem, Superior Court Arbitrator, and Superior Court Commissioner pro tem for over 30 years. I was awarded the Tacoma-Pierce Co... view profile
When an ex-spouse makes payments to a former spouse after the divorce, the payments are called alimony. Alimony payments (also called spousal support) are intended to preserve the lifestyle the former spouse enjoyed before the divorce. Unlike child support, which is a required payment to fund a child's necessities, no one is guaranteed alimony. If a couple can't agree, a judge decides whether to award alimony. A divorce lawyer who specializes in alimony knows what information you need to calculate alimony, and can also help if you feel your ex-spouse is asking for too much alimony.