Category Archives: Maintenance – Factors

Wheeler v. Wheeler

Consideration of criminal conduct was not prohibited as it was not related to reasons for the breakup of the marriage.

Year: 2013 | State: WI

Heppner v. Heppner

Limiting maintenance to 4 years in a nearly 34 year marriage is not consistent with Wisconsin law, even though the court found a tacit agreement during the marriage that husband would retire no later than age sixty in exchange for wife not working outside the home.

Year: 2009 | State: WI

Steinmann v. Steinmann

Court did not misuse its discretion in awarding ten years of maintenance in a ten year marriage by considering the “opulent lifestyle” of the parties.

Year: 2008 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Hacker v. Hacker

Unlike in DeLaMatter, in this case, wife did not refuse treatment for alcoholism. Unsuccessful treatment is not the same as refusing treatment. By reducing maintenance that did not come close providing wife with adequate support, the trial court did not give full play to the support and fairness objectives of maintenance.

Year: 2005 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Woodard v. Woodard

Trial court erred by disregarding evidence of financial benefits wife was receiving from a cohabitation relationship. Maintenance determinations should be made based on the parties’ financial circumstances at the time the determination is made, not on unfounded predictions of the future.

Year: 2005 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Finley v. Finley

Court’s authority to order maintenance encompasses the authority to impose obligations on the payer to ensure compliance if the obligations are reasonably necessary. Here, trial court failed to explain how restrictions on moonlighting for free were necessary.

Year: 2002 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of King v. King

Trial court erroneously exercised its discretion by stating that a spouse has a legal right to maintenance.

Year: 1999 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Metz v. Keener

Denial of maintenance affirmed where court took into account the property division in a short term marriage.

Year: 1997 | State: WI

In Matter of Marriage of Sellers v. Sellers

In denying maintenance to husband, the trial court properly considered that wife is required to make child support payments and provide health insurance for the minor children, as well that wife’s professional degree and successful business were made without any sacrifice from husband.

Year: 1996 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Grace v. Grace

Court properly held open maintenance to wife due to her health, but court should have specifically limited the hold open to health concerns. Expert testimony was not necessary for wife to establish health problems.

Year: 1995 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Brabec v. Brabec

Denial of maintenance to women who conspired to have husband killed affirmed: misconduct is not marital misconduct. Thus, trial court did not err is considering it under sub. (10)

Year: 1993 | State: WI

Zirngibl v. Zirngibl

Award to wife of equity in home as her separate property does not disqualify her from maintenance.

Year: 1991 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Greenwald

Premarital contributions as unmarried cohabitator is not a relevant factor on wife’s maintenance claim. Overruled in Meyer, 2000 WI 382, 239 Wis. 2d 73.

Year: 1990 | State: WI

Marriage of DeLaMatter v. DeLaMatter

Refusal by an alcoholic spouse of medically recommended treatment is a relevant factor in the court’s maintenance decision.

Year: 1989 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Trattles v. Trattles

(1) Court need not consider all statutory factors in making a maintenance determination. (2) Insufficient record in this case to support more maintenance – testimony of physical ailments were not linked to a limitation on her ability to work. Also, the testimony on plans for future schooling was speculative.

Year: 1985 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Steinke v. Steinke

Maintenance is not based solely on need – it is not limited to those situations where a spouse cannot support his or her self.

Year: 1985 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Lewis v. Lewis

Award of maintenance is a discretionary determination which, to be sustained, must be based on facts in the record and the appropriate and applicable law.

Year: 1983 | State: WI

In Re Marriage of Lundberg

Maintenance not limited to just cases of need. It is to be a flexible tool to ensure a fair and equitable determination in each individual case.

Year: 1982 | State: WI