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Spousal Support Attorney Michigan

Looking for a Spousal Support Attorney in Michigan?

If you're looking for a spousal support attorney in Michigan, you have come to the right place. Our attorneys here at the Divorce Attorneys of Michigan can help and guide you with your spousal support issues. Spousal support is often a common issue that arises when a couple divorces. Spousal support comes into play when one of the parties is at a financial disadvantage or isn’t able to support themselves financially post-divorce. Give us a call today to discuss your spousal support issues and get answers to questions you may have.

Call (248) 785-3634 today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Michigan spousal support attorney or fill out our contact form. The Divorce Attorneys of Michigan serves the entire Metro-Detroit area.

Michigan Spousal Support Overview

In Michigan, spousal support is a tool a spouse may utilize during the divorce to give him/herself a way to maintain a comparable standard of living after the divorce is finalized. When divorce proceedings terminate a marriage, spousal support is ordered by the court to help the spouse support herself or himself due to the dependence of the other spouse’s financial support. In determining how much should be paid in spousal support, the court will balance and take into account a number of factors, which will be listed further, such as the length of the marriage, the education level of the disadvantaged spouse, his/her chances of getting a job, etc. There is a misconception that only women are entitled to spousal support, which is false. The party that is entitled to spousal support is ultimately the financially disadvantaged party.

What are the Michigan Spousal Support Factors?

Although there are no set guidelines that the court or attorneys must follow when computing spousal support, Michigan law provides for a set of factors that the court must take into consideration when granting. There are 11 factors the court will consider and weigh. Those 11 factors are:

  1. Parties’ past relations and conduct;
  2. Length of the marriage;
  3. Parties’ ability to work;
  4. Source and amount of property awarded to the parties;
  5. Parties’ ages;
  6. Ability to pay spousal support;
  7. Parties’ present situation;
  8. Parties’ needs;
  9. Parties’ health;
  10. Prior standard of living of the parties and whether the parties support others; and
  11. General principles of equity.

The court can also take into consideration why and how the marriage failed, if that conduct is attributed to one of the party’s actions. The court cannot assign a disproportionate weight on that party’s fault, if it is indeed a factor in the breakdown of the marriage.

Spousal support is generally modifiable if there have been changes in the circumstances, such as one party being on better financial footing.

Free Spousal Support Consultation (248) 785-3634

The Divorce Attorneys of Michigan are available to help and answer any questions you may have regarding spousal support. If you have been divorced or thinking about divorcing, please give us a call today to discuss your options. The phone call is free, along with the initial consultation.

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