Wyoming Family Law

Wyoming laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. Click on the links below to learn more information.

1.State statute Wyoming Title 20 Chapter 2 - Dissolution of Marriage
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. No-fault
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment Disposition of property and related liabilities, having respect through whom the property was acquired [20-2-114]
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA Not applicable
b. Property distribution factors Broad discretion of the court [20-2-114]
4. Legal separation? Yes, called Judicial separation [20-2-106]
a. Waiting period/Separation period 2 years [20-2-106(b)]
5. Is mediation required No, but alternative dispute resolution methods are available [1-36-101]
6. Forms used Wyoming Family Law Forms
7. Alimony guidelines and factors General Guidelines [20-2-114]
Alimony formula Guidelines for determination [20-2-114]
a. Types Temporary or permanent [20-2-114]
b. Term Limits At the discretion of the court [20-2-114]
Cohabitation Remarriage can be considered a sufficient change of circumstances to terminate alimony, but it does not automatically terminate alimony payments without amendatory court action. Maher v. Maher, 2004 WY 62, 90 P.3d 739, 2004 Wyo. LEXIS 77 (Wyo. 2004).
c. Imputing income General ability of court to assign support [20-2-114]
d. Change in circumstances Revision is allowed on petition of either party [20-2-116]
e. Ceases on retirement At the discretion of the court [20-2-114]
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income Broad definition for child support purposes [20-2-304]
8. Child support factors and guidelines General guidelines and related information [20-2, Article 3]
9. Child support calculator Wyoming Dept. of Family Services - Child and Home Support
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed? Yes.  [20-2-114(a)]
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date Complaint
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - Root v. Root, 2003 WY 36, 65 P.3d 41 (Wyo, 2003)
c. Standard of value Fair Market Value - Neuman v. Neuman, 842 P.2d 575, 581-82 (Wyo. 1992)
d. Discounts Discounts for lack of control and lack of marketability. Neuman v. Neuman, 842 P. 2d 575 - Wyo: Supreme Court 1992.
e. Shareholder/partner agreements Partnership/SH agreements are taken into consideration for valuation purposes.  Wallop v. Wallop, 88 P. 3d 1022 - Wyo: Supreme Court 2004.
 12. Double dip  Impermissible double dip, not issue because personal goodwill not divisible
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  
 c. Child support Preexisting support orders are excluded from net income calculation. Watson v. Watson, 60 P. 3d 124 - Wyo: Supreme Court 2002.
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  Enforced, with exceptions of: (1) procedurally unfair or (2) substantively unfair [1-23-105(a)(iii)]
 15. Common law  


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