Even when the parties to a Washington divorce agree that one spouse should pay spousal maintenance to the other, they may not agree to the amount or duration of that maintenance. In making determinations regarding maintenance, courts should consider certain factors and make specific findings. A husband successfully challenged the amount and duration of maintenance he was ordered to pay his former wife because the court had filed to fully address the required factors and make findings regarding the parties’ income.
The couple married in 1987. The wife stayed home and cared for the children. The husband retired from the Marine Corps at the age of 43 in 2006 and began working as a truck driver. The couple separated in 2012 and the husband filed for divorce in 2015. He agreed he would pay maintenance to the wife.
On a monthly basis, the husband received wages, significant overtime earnings, military disability, and military retirement. In addition to his military retirement, the husband had a retirement account with his current employer and a 401k. He claimed $3,995 in monthly expenses. The wife declared she had no income and $3,566 in expenses each month.