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Livingston County Spousal Support Lawyers
Michigan allows for a spouse to receive support, referred to as spousal support or alimony, upon divorce or legal separation. Spousal support can be requested for either a husband or a wife. Michigan does not have a specific mathematical formula to determine the amount or duration of spousal support, such a determination requires a detailed analysis of the facts surrounding your marriage, which is why it important to discuss your options with an experienced spousal support lawyer.
Alimony/spousal support can be ordered by the Court in a modifiable duration and amount, or it can be agreed upon by the parties and the order can be either permanent or modifiable. When the Court is faced with the task of determining the proper spousal support obligation, the award must be based on what is just and reasonable under the circumstances in your case, wherein a number of guidelines are considered, including;
- The length of the marriage;
- The past relations and conduct of the parties;
- The ages of the parties;
- The health of the parties;
- The ability of each party to earn an income;
- The source and amount of property awarded to each party in the divorce;
- The ability of the parties to pay alimony;
- The present situation of the parties;
- The prior standard of living of the parties; and
- What is fair and equitable.
After a spousal support order is entered, it may be modifiable if a change of circumstances occurs warranting a modification of the prior order. Whether you pay spousal support or receive spousal support, if your financial circumstances changed significantly after your divorce and you are struggling financially, a skillfully drafted petition to modify the prior support order could persuade the court to grant your request for modification.
The lawyers at Livingston Law Offices have experience applying Michigan’s spousal support laws to the specific facts of each case and offer a free initial consultation to address your specific questions or concerns about spousal support. Call 517-546-6666 to schedule your free appointment with one of our spousal support lawyers.