Seattle and Tacoma Alimony and Spousal Maintenance Attorneys

Dedicated to helping clients bring their maintenance disputes to a successful resolution

When a married couple decides to dissolve their marriage through divorce or to obtain a legal separation, a court may order one spouse to make payments to the other if certain financial circumstances exist. Traditionally referred to as “alimony,” the modern terms for such payments are “spousal support” or “spousal maintenance.” These arrangements can have a significant impact on the financial well-being of both parties, particularly when there are substantial assets involved. Courts have a significant amount of discretion in deciding whether to award maintenance, so it is important for anyone who is either seeking maintenance or attempting to persuade the court to not award maintenance to discuss their case with a Washington State family law attorney at the Dickson Frohlich. CALL NOW FOR A FREE 15-MINUTE PHONE CONSULTATION WITH ONE OF OUR LAWYERS TODAY BY DIALING 206-621-1110 or 253-572-1000.

Factors considered in a maintenance award

Spousal maintenance is not awarded or denied because of any sort of marital misconduct, but rather is based purely on financial and economic factors. The Washington statute authorizes a court to award maintenance in any amount and in any duration that it deems just and lists some of the factors the court may consider when making a spousal support determination. These include:

  • The financial resources of the spouse who is requesting maintenance, including any division of community property or child support received that is apportioned for his or her use.
  • The amount of time it would take the party seeking maintenance to obtain enough training or education in order to find employment appropriate to his or her particular circumstances.
  • The standard of living established while the couple was together.
  • The length of the relationship.
  • The age, physical and emotional condition, and financial obligations of the party seeking maintenance.
  • The ability of the party not seeking maintenance to pay.

The court may consider other factors as well, so it is important for anyone involved in a maintenance dispute to present the strongest evidence they can in support of their position. An attorney will be able to evaluate your circumstances and help make your case to the court in a way that maximizes your chances of obtaining a favorable result.

Contact our Seattle and Tacoma spousal maintenance and alimony lawyers to schedule a consultation

Whether you are seeking maintenance or arguing against it, you should have an experienced attorney in your corner.


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    Attorney Thomas L. Dickson

    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

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    Attorney Robert P. Dickson

    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

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    Attorney Daniel J. Frohlich

    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

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    Attorney Mark S. Johnson

    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

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    Attorney Daniel E. Pizarro

    Daniel E. Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

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    Attorney George Knight

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    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, George is active in the firm’s civil litigation and transactional departments. His practice is mainly centered around business law, real estate law, construction law, employment law, and probate law.

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    Attorney Chris J. Lindemeier

    Chris J. Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

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    Attorney Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

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    Jennifer is an associate attorney at Dickson Frohlich where her current practice focuses on real estate law, contract and commercial disputes, and business law.

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    Cambria is an Associate with Dickson Frohlich PS in the civil litigation department, where she practices primarily real estate and probate law.

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    Katherine E. Baals

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Katherine practices in a range of areas, including real estate, construction, business, and civil litigation.

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