Spousal Support & Alimony
Spousal support is also known as alimony. This is money that one divorcing party is ordered to pay to the other party for their financial support and maintenance during and after the divorce has been finalized.
Michigan family courts take a number of factors into consideration when deciding whether to award spousal support and how much spousal support to award.
These factors include:
- The duration of the marriage;
- The conduct of the parties in the marriage and whether one party is more at fault for the breakdown of the marriage;
- How the marital property was divided;
- The ability of the parties to work and how much money they earn; and
- The financial needs of the parties and their living arrangement.
A spousal support award can be modified or canceled based on an appropriate change of circumstances for the parties involved.
As with child support, it is important for parties to obtain good legal counsel regarding possible spousal support awards.
Please feel free to contact Oakland County, Michigan divorce attorney Michael J. Hamblin for more information on how he can help you with your family law issues.