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Spousal support in Michigan

On Behalf of | Feb 22, 2022 | Child and Spousal Support |

When a couple decides to divorce, they may have questions about spousal support, also known as alimony. In Michigan, spousal support is decided on a case-by-case basis, but there is helpful information available about the factors a court may consider when awarding it.

Spousal support orders

Sometimes, the spouses can decide on spousal support themselves. If they do, it will need to state who will pay the support and how much it will be.

When they cannot, a court may award spousal support where one spouse receives a property award in the divorce that is not enough to support him or herself. It may also be awarded where one spouse will be financially impacted in a negative way and the other spouse has the means to provide financial support.

Factors for consideration

The court may consider several factors when awarding spousal support. These include the spouses’ conduct during the marriage, how long the parties were married, the likelihood that each party can find employment and the type and amount of property the spouses have. It may also consider the ages of the parties, how much each spouse could contribute to spousal support and each spouse’s living needs.

Spousal support may be paid all at once in a lump-sum or it may be paid in monthly or yearly installments. It may either be temporary or permanent. Temporary support is intended to help the receiving spouse regain financial stability. Permanent support may be ordered in longer marriages, especially where spouses are older or have little or no work experience.

An experienced attorney can answer spousal support questions and provide advice.