The following is a summary of Washington alimony laws, and is by no means intended to be an all-inclusive description of what to expect in your particular case. In some cases, the exact text of the statute may have been simplified and/or modified to provide for easier understanding. For a more specific understanding of the laws, you should consult the full Washington Code and/or consult with an attorney about how the law might apply to your particular situation.

Guidelines for Determining Alimony.

The court may grant an alimony order for either spouse, in such amounts and for such periods of time as the court deems just, without regard to marital misconduct, after considering all relevant factors. Washington laws include but are not limited to the following guidelines:

  1. The financial resources of the party seeking alimony, including separate or community property apportioned to him, and his ability to meet his needs independently, including the extent to which a provision for support of a child living with the party includes a sum for that party;
  2. The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking alimony to find employment appropriate to his skill, interests, style of life, and other attendant circumstances;
  3. The standard of living established during the marriage;
  4. The duration of the marriage;
  5. The age, physical and emotional condition, and financial obligations of the spouse seeking alimony; and
  6. The ability of the spouse from whom maintenance is sought to meet his needs and financial obligations while meeting those of the spouse seeking alimony.

-From RCW 26.09.090


This information has been summarized from the Washington statutes. You can find the full-text version of these and other Washington divorce statutes online here: Washington Divorce Laws.




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