Is Spousal Support an Option in Your Divorce?
Spousal support, often referred to as alimony, can be a contentious and emotional factor in a divorce. Sometimes, it is laid out in a prenuptial agreement. In many circumstances, the divorcing parties hotly debate the amount of support that is necessary, and in some cases, whether spousal support should even be considered.
Our attorneys are ready to help you fight to protect your position. Whether your position is to receive spousal support, avoid paying it or avoid paying too much, we can help. Our law firm works to ensure the needs of our clients are accurately represented so a fair and suitable agreement can be reached as quickly as possible.
Determining Spousal Support
Spousal support is not the same as child support. It is not guaranteed and there is no set formula.
A variety of financial factors are taken into consideration to determine whether spousal maintenance should be awarded on a temporary, conditional or permanent basis. The length and amount of alimony are often determined by looking at the duration of the marriage, the income of each spouse, and the couple's domestic arrangements regarding income and homemaking responsibilities. Another factor to consider is whether one spouse primarily paid for the other's schooling or career expenses. Which factors are important are different in every case.
Spousal support can be an emotional issue and parties may not always be willing to negotiate a fair arrangement. We always prepare your case for a trial to ensure your ex-spouse is willing to come to the table and discuss a reasonable and fair support arrangement.
Contact one of our family law offices in Milford and Howell in Hartland Township, Michigan, today. You will meet with an experienced spousal support lawyer who will take time to understand your needs and who will vigorously fight to make sure your interests are protected.