Settling Spousal Support Cases
We help keep spousal support awards fair and manageable
Formerly called alimony, spousal support is a financial payment from one spouse to another in cases of divorce and separate maintenance. Agreeing on financial support is one of the biggest challenges to tackle when a marriage breaks down. Alimony cases can be emotionally trying as well as legally complex, but our family law attorneys at Oliver Law Group, P.C. are well-equipped to handle those challenges.
How Spousal Support is Awarded in Michigan
Michigan law provides for spousal support to be paid following a Judgment of Divorce or Judgment of Separate Maintenance. Note that if a marriage is legally annulled, no spousal support will be awarded, although the courts will still determine child support for any children of the relationship. While there is no particular number of years one must be married to receive spousal support, Michigan courts rarely award spousal support in a short-term marriage. Michigan’s laws on spousal support are gender-neutral, so either party can be awarded support.
When the courts award spousal support, they take into account a number of factors, including:
- Past relations and conduct of the parties involved;
- The length of the marriage;
- The ability of each party to work;
- The distribution of marital property;
- The age of the parties;
- The ability of each party to pay spousal support;
- The parties’ present situation, health and needs;
- The parties’ prior standard of living;
- Each party’s responsibility for the support of others;
- General equity.
While courts are required by Michigan law to take these factors into consideration, there is no specific formula used to determine alimony. That’s why it is especially important to have a skilled and creative spousal support lawyer to handle your case. Contact Oliver Law Group today to find out how we can help.
Types of Spousal Support Arrangements
When the parties to a divorce or separation go to trial and spousal support is awarded, the award is said to be modifiable. If either party has a change in circumstances, the courts may make a change to the award. Under this type of arrangement, support can continue indefinitely.
Conversely, when the parties agree to a settlement without going to trial, this settlement is usually non-modifiable. This type of spousal support uses a specific monthly dollar amount for a finite period of time. Michigan law mandates that such settlements cannot be changed, even if one party’s circumstances change.
Handling Alimony Cases with Creativity and Compassion
At Oliver Law Group, we know that your spousal support case could have major consequences for your family and financial situation, and we understand that each case is unique and often emotionally charged. We’ll help you understand the legal issues surrounding your case and work with you to find an amicable solution that meets your needs. Attorney Alyson Oliver’s team will treat you with the integrity and compassion you deserve while providing the top-notch representation you need.