Helping You Understand Spousal Support Determinations
If your marriage ends in divorce, a Michigan court can decide if you must pay, or can receive, spousal support. Spousal support can be awarded to, or ordered to be paid by, either party. Unlike child support, spousal support is not automatic and there are no formulas that a court must follow in determining the amount of spousal support to award. Instead, a Michigan court will consider the general property division agreement between the couple to determine if a spousal support award is warranted and the monetary amount that is appropriate in that case.
If you are facing the end of your marriage, Bergmans Law P.C. can provide you with the legal guidance you need in your alimony case. Whether it is through a cooperative or adversarial environment, attorney Henry J. Bergmans can provide the representation you need to get the spousal support arrangement that is fair to you.
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How Spousal Support Is Determined In Livingston County Courts
When determining whether to order spousal support, courts in Michigan can consider the ability of either party to pay, the character and situation of the parties, and all other circumstances that surround the case. A court may take several factors into account during this process, including:
- Fault in the divorce. Although you do not need to show fault to get a divorce in Michigan, a court may consider fault factors, such as adultery or domestic abuse, when they determine whether to award a spousal support.
- Each party’s ability to work, their current incomes and earning capacity.
- Duration of the marriage. Whether the marriage lasted a few months or decades will impact a court’s decision.
- Standard of living during the marriage and whether a spouse is supporting others.
Because a variety of factors impact a court’s decision to grant spousal support, it is important that you seek legal guidance if you plan to request, or face the prospect of paying, spousal support.
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We have extensive experience helping couples deal with initial determinations and modifications of support orders. Contact Bergmans Law P.C. for dedicated and experienced legal guidance. You can reach us online or by calling our Howell office at 810-222-5703.
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