Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. This means that when a marriage dissolves all marital matters are legally resolved. When it comes to spousal support, there are no guidelines to follow such as that of child support.
Since spousal support is not part of the property settlement, the courts consider several factors in deciding to grant spousal support. When one person is financially dependent on the other, it can have a significant impact.
The purpose of spousal support is to provide a balance between the earnings and the needs of the divorcing parties.
We found the following article helpful in explaining the way spousal support works in Michigan. It is important to note that spousal support decisions are based on a case by case basis and that there are no guidelines to follow, just factors to consider.
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There is No Specific Formula for Spousal Support
Unlike with child support, there is no formula that will tell you whether or not you will get spousal support or how much you will get. Spousal support is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Sometimes spousal support is needed to make sure both parties are taken care of after a divorce. Spousal support may be ordered if one party’s property award is not enough to support him or her properly. It may also be ordered if one party will be financially worse off after the divorce and the other party can pay some money to make up the difference.
Spousal support is not simple. If you want to ask for spousal support, you may want to talk to a lawyer. If you need a lawyer and are low-income, you may qualify for free legal help. Read the full article here.
If you are pursuing a divorce and seeking spousal support in Jackson County, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit, or elsewhere in Michigan, we know you may have questions. Our attorneys understand family law matters and other complex issues.
We can help you litigate a dispute or negotiate an agreement. Our Family Law Specialists will serve your best interests and can offer you skillful representation throughout this difficult time. Call us today for a consult!