In certain circumstances, Wisconsin law provides for an ex-husband or ex-wife to provide support to the former spouse.  This is called maintenance, alimony or spousal support.  The amount of maintenance that one spouse is required to pay to the other is based on many factors, a few of which include the duration of the marriage, the contribution of each spouse to the marriage, including child care, homemaking, etc., physical and emotional health of each party, age of each party, standard of living during the marriage, etc.