How Spousal Support is Determined in Divorce in Michigan
If you’re going through divorce, you may be wondering about spousal support. How much will you receive? Or, how much will you pay? And how long will it last?
An experienced family law attorney can answer all of your questions, advocate for you and help you move forward with your life.
Spousal support, or alimony, refers to a court-ordered monthly payment for one spouse after separation or divorce.
There is no absolute, black line formula for determining spousal support as part of a divorce settlement. As you might imagine, this generates negotiation and creative arguments for and against spousal support claims.
Because every situation is unique, it’s important that you discuss your situation with an experienced family law attorney to analyze your alimony questions.
Michigan courts look at many variables when it determines whether or not alimony/spousal support is appropriate.
The Court must consider the following factors in its spousal support decisions:
- The past relations and conduct of the parties.
- The length of the marriage.
- The abilities of the parties to work.
- The source and amount of property awarded to the parties.
- The parties’ ages.
- The abilities of the parties to pay alimony.
- The parties’ present situation.
- The parties’ needs.
- The parties’ health.
- The prior standard of living of the parties and whether either is responsible for the support of others.
- Contributions of the parties to the joint estate.
- A party’s fault in causing the divorce.
- The effect of cohabitation on a party’s financial status.
- General principles of equity.
Although there are always exceptions to the general rule, the greater the length of the marriage, the greater the difference in the earning of the husband and wife, the higher the probability that spousal support will be ordered to be paid in a case.
An experienced family law attorney will help you evaluate the factors of your case to help you meet your goals.
If you’re facing divorce, you’re not alone. Lakeshore Law and Mediation can help answer your questions and guide you through the legal system so you can move forward with your life. Contact us today. We’re here for you when you need us.