In Washington State we refer to this as spousal maintenance. Maintenance comes up in many instances, such as, divorce, separation agreements and post -divorce modification.
A skilled attorney can guide the client (payor or payee or potential payor/payee) through the legal analysis of “need and ability to pay”. Furthermore, your attorney should be able, during negotiation, to strategize as to how to get a deal which is most beneficial to you, the client and could be accepted as a win/win by the other party.
At Flexx Law, PS we pride ourselves on negotiation skills and strategizing for maximum results.