Maintenance is spousal support or alimony. Maintenance can be ordered by the court or stipulated to by the parties. It may be ordered for a short period of time, such as during the pendency of a divorce action, or for a long period of time including permanently until the death of one of the spouses or the remarriage of the payee spouse. For information about the tax advantages of maintenance, please see Alimony Maintenance under Wisconsin Law.
Any change to a current maintenance order must be ordered by the court. The parties may stipulate to a new maintenance amount, including ending maintenance, but until such time that the court approves the order, no change is made in the status of the current order.
Either party may also petition the court for a modification in maintenance where there has been a substantial change in circumstances. If the parties do not agree upon the requested modification, the matter can be set for trial. Your attorney will work with your spouse's attorney to negotiate an agreement to the modification if possible. If no agreement is made, the matter will be tried.
If you have a maintenance order already in place and desire a modification to that order, please call Attorney Kathy Reiley's office at 608-246-8309 or email Attorney Reiley to set up a confidential meeting to discuss your individual situation.