Wis. Stat. Sec. 767.56 Maintenance provides a list of considerations the court should take into consideration in awarding maintenance. The last factor to be considered is “other factors as the court may in each individual case determine to be relevant.” This other factor may include a relationship with another person on the date of divorce. While the court may not relieve a payor of maintenance based solely on the fact that the payee is cohabitating, if cohabitation enhances the recipient spouse’s financial circumstances, then maintenance may be modified or terminated. Addictions may also be considered “other factors.” Consider alcoholism, gambling, marital waste, etc. On the other side, significant health issues may be another factor.
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