Michigan Spousal Support

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, or more commonly referred to as alimony, are payments made by one party to another (after divorce or separate maintenance) for that payee’s support moving forward. Spousal support is designed to help a party get on his/her feet following a marriage. There are a number of factors that the court will consider when making a determination of whether spousal support is appropriate, how long the spousal support should be paid, and the amount of the support which should be paid. Sometimes spousal support will be ordered to be paid in monthly installments; in other cases a lump sum may be paid out to satisfy a spousal support obligation.

When is Spousal Support Appropriate and How is it Calculated?

Every case is different and every judge is different, therefore, trying to figure out what a spousal support obligation is going to be is never going to be an exact science. There is room for argument on both sides in these kinds of cases. Very rarely is spousal support going to be permanent. Most spousal support that is going to be ordered is temporary and rehabilitative – or designed to help a party get back on its feet. Some of the most relevant factors when deciding whether spousal support is appropriate (and the amount) are: length of marriage, disparity in the parties’ income, fault, ability to work, and the other party’s ability to pay.

Support Modification

Spousal support may be modified on a motion to the court. Modification requires a change in circumstances. Some of the most likely scenarios that justify a modification are where a party remarries or a party loses a job. Again, there is wiggle room for argument on what constitutes a change in circumstances, so it is important to contact a family law attorney to help you through this process.

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If you find yourself in a case that involves spousal support, it’s important that you contact an experienced attorney to let you know what your rights are. Spousal support cases require arguments over whether support is appropriate to begin with, and if so, how long support should be paid and the amount that should be paid. Contact experienced support attorneys today at 586-268-2400. Our legal team can help you today