Spousal Support/Alimony is often awarded to one spouse when a couple ends their marriage in either a divorce or separate maintenance action. When considering spousal support, the first question is whether or not support is warranted in your case. When answering this question, you will want one of our experienced Brighton divorce lawyers at Neal D. Nielsen and Associates to analyze the specific facts in your case. Michigan case law provides the court with factors for consideration in making a support determination, which include the following:
- The length of the marriage;
- The past relations and conduct of the parties;
- The ages of the parties;
- The health of the parties;
- The ability of each party to earn an income;
- The source and amount of property awarded to each party in the divorce;
- The ability of the parties to pay alimony;
- The present situation of the parties;
- The prior standard of living of the parties; and
- What is fair and equitable.
Once the determination is made that support should be ordered in your case, the next questions that must be answered are what amount of support should be ordered and how long support should be ordered for. Michigan does not have a specific mathematical formula to determine the amount or duration of spousal support, such a determination requires a detailed analysis of the facts surrounding your marriage, which is why it important to discuss your options with our experienced spousal support lawyers.