My Spouse Cheated. Will I Receive Maintenance of Alimony?

Maybe, but that won’t be the reason why.

Washington is a “strict no-fault” divorce state, which means that all couples seeking a divorce, no matter what the reason, do so on the same grounds of an “irretrievably broken” marriage. Because of this, the court doesn’t particularly care if your spouse cheated and caused the divorce. In fact, Washington state law explicitly prohibits judges from even considering evidence of marital misconduct in determining whether a spouse will receive maintenance, how much they will receive, or for how long they will receive it.

Instead, all of the factors for determining spousal maintenance after divorce have to with how much the spouse requesting maintenance needs, balanced against how much the spouse being asked to pay can afford.

If you are dealing with a complicated divorce case or just simply need divorce or alimony legal assistance, don’t hesitate to contact the experienced divorce attorneys at Crouse Erickson today.

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