Wyoming Alimony and Spousal Support Laws
Wyoming law allows for spousal support or alimony when it is necessary due to one spouse’s need. The court will hear evidence at the divorce hearing and decide what is appropriate in each case.
Types of Spousal Support
- Temporary – may be awarded during the proceedings, prior to final decree.
- Short-Term – may be awarded for a limited time to allow one party to gain employability.
- Long-Term or Permanent – may be awarded, especially in cases where there was a lengthy marriage, at the court’s discretion.
Either party to a divorce may seek or receive spousal support in Wyoming. The court will grant it based on the situation of the parties. It is a good idea to be organized and provide all relevant evidence when attending your divorce hearing to make sure your needs are understood by the court.
Guidelines (Factors for Awarding Alimony)
A Wyoming court will consider all relevant evidence submitted by the parties to determine whether or not to grant alimony, the duration of any alimony payments and the amount. Factors the court will consider include tax consequences; duration of the marriage; support of custodial children; and any other factors the court considers important to the case.
Reasons for Termination or Modification of Alimony
Any significant change of circumstances may be grounds for altering a support agreement. To seek modification or termination in your case, you must petition the court and provide proof of the changed circumstances. At a hearing the court will determine whether to modify the agreement.
Wyoming law allows for no fault divorces for irreconcilable differences. Also, in some cases of insanity, the state allows for at fault divorce.
How Long Does Spousal Support Last in Wyoming?
Length of support varies greatly. It can be one lump sum payment, or it can be monthly installments lasting for a short or long time. The particulars of your marriage and financial situation will be used by the court to decide on duration of support.
Taxes on Spousal Support
Federal law demands that the spouse who receives alimony declare it as income for tax purposes. The spouse who pays alimony may declare it as a deduction for tax purposes. Discuss the implications of your alimony arrangement with a Wyoming family law or tax attorney to find out the best way to structure your payments if you have a choice.
Find an Alimony Attorney in Wyoming
If you are facing divorce and the possibility of paying or receiving alimony, the best way to protect your future interests is to consult a Wyoming family law attorney. An attorney will help you with the required forms, handle your case in court and explain how the law impacts your dissolution.