Spousal Support / Alimony

In a Michigan divorce proceeding, the court has the authority and discretion to decide if you can receive or must pay spousal support, also referred to as alimony. Family law attorney Henry Bergmans draws on his many years of experience to help clients apply to the court for spousal support or defend against a spousal support request from the other spouse.

Spousal Support Awards

On the request of either party in a Michigan divorce case, the judge may order a spouse to pay spousal support to the other spouse during or at the conclusion of the proceeding. Unlike child support, spousal support is not automatic. There are no formulas that a court must follow in determining whether to award spousal support or the amount of spousal support. Instead, the judge considers the property division between the divorcing couple and other factors to determine whether a spousal support award is warranted and the monetary amount of the award.

Factors in a Spousal Support Award

When determining whether to order spousal support, a Michigan court considers the ability of each party to pay, the character and situation of the parties, and all other circumstances that surround the case. The court may take specific factors in account during the process, including:

  • Fault in the divorce, such as adultery or domestic abuse
  • Each party's ability to work, current income, and earning capacity
  • Duration of the marriage
  • Standard of living during the marriage and whether a spouse is supporting others

Because a wide range of factors impact a court's decision to grant spousal support, it is important that you seek legal guidance and representation if you wish to request, or face the prospect of paying, spousal support.

Schedule a Free Consultation with Henry Bergmans

If you have questions about spousal support (alimony) in Michigan, contact Henry Bergmans for a free initial consultation by reaching out through the online contact form or calling at (810) 360-0900. From his office in Howell, Henry assists clients throughout Livingston County, Genesee County, Ingham County, and Washtenaw County, and in the surrounding areas.