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Alimony is the term used in many states for financial support paid to a ex-spouse after a divorce. In Wisconsin the term "alimony" has been replaced with the term Spousal Maintenance. The terms are synonymous.
The Wisconsin court may award spousal support or maintenance to either spouse, but the spouse requesting maintenance must specifically state so in the divorce petition. In determining the need, duration, and amount of maintenance, the judge considers the length of the marriage, the spouses' ages and physical and emotional health, the property division, and the conduct, or misconduct, of the spouses during the marriage and the divorce, among other factors.
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