Spousal maintenance is probably one of the hottest litigated issues in a divorce. There are lots of reasons for this: judges have no formula, no one knows what a judge will do, spouses have unrealistic expectations, spouses listen to too many people thinking they know the outcome, spouses have great fear and anxiety and are not reasonable, some attorneys are not very experienced at conducting spousal maintenance trials, there is not a great deal of law with real numbers. So, what is a person to do? Figure out what is needed and be reasonable. Retain an experienced, reasonable, seasoned attorney. Go to mediation and listen. Do the math. Keep talking. Be educated. Do not be greedy. Pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered.