Many preparations need to be made when filing for divorce. A married couple must decide upon living arrangements and resolve all the terms of their divorce. As the divorce is being filed in court, the lower-income spouse may even ask for spousal support.
If you are going through the divorce process, know that you are not alone. Contact the Law Offices of Robbins & Licavoli, PLLC, today to discuss your case.
Spousal support, often referred to as alimony, is the payment of money to a lower-earning spouse in order to ensure that both parties can continue the same standard of living that they grew accustomed to during their marriage. In Michigan, a spouse is entitled to alimony as long as the requesting spouse can demonstrate that they are in financial need and that the paying spouse has the ability to pay.
Alimony allows spouses who are in unhappy marriages, or even dealing with domestic violence, the security they deserve to afford them a better life.
In accordance with Michigan state law, if the alimony recipient spouse remarries, then the conditions of the alimony may be terminated unless stated otherwise in the divorce settlement agreement.
If you qualify for spousal support, the court will then determine which type of support is best for your situation. In Michigan, there are four different types of alimony: temporary, periodic, permanent, and alimony in gross.
In order to begin divorce proceedings, either spouse must testify that there is little chance that the marriage can be saved. Although Michigan is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that neither spouse has to supply a specific reason for terminating their marriage, fault plays a factor in determining spousal support. For instance, cheating could very likely impact a judge’s decision to award alimony.
The amount of alimony awarded is decided by looking at a number of factors:
Although you entered into nuptials with the intent of spending the rest of your life with one person, circumstances change. If you are in the process of filing for a divorce, you need a dedicated divorce attorney who is able to protect your interests. Contact us to schedule your legal consultation today.