Divorce in Michigan – Alimony and Spousal Support

Divorce alimony

Are you going through a divorce?

Do you have questions about alimony in Michigan?

If you have answered yes to either of the questions above, then this article and series is for you. We have covered many topics related to divorce in Michigan in this series. Today, I will be covering who will decide whether or not you or your spouse will be awarded alimony and if it is awarded, how it is dispersed.

Please Note

Let me start by clarifying that every couple, every person, and every divorce is different. This information is meant to provide an overview of divorce proceedings in Michigan, however, it is general information. If you have specific questions about your personal situation, please seek professional legal counsel.

What Factors Decide Alimony?

The court will give couples the opportunity to work out property settlements by themselves and alimony or spousal support is part of the overall property settlement in a divorce. If an agreement has been reached by a couple, the court will analyze the settlement to be certain that it is fair to both parties. Once reviewed, it is usually approved.

If a couple cannot agree to a settlement, the court will make the decisions. Factors that are considered when the court decides whether you or your spouse is awarded alimony include, but are not limited to the following conditions:

  • Length of marriage – The amount of time you have been married does impact the decision of alimony. It is more likely to be awarded if you have been married for a long period of time.
  • Ability to work – Your ability to work as well as your spouse’s ability to work also impacts the decision.
  • Each person’s age – The court will consider the age of each person to evaluate if they are able to work. For example, one party may be retired and re-entering the workforce would cause a hardship, while the other may be younger and able to work.
  • Potential – Aspects of your current circumstance and potential earning expectations and career outlook may be considered by the court as well your health and ability to work.

How Is Alimony Dispersed?

There are a few different ways that alimony, if awarded, will be dispersed. Alimony is not a sure thing and is decided on a case-by-case basis. There are no simple answers. The court may decide not to award any type of alimony or spousal support. If the court does, here are a few of the ways it might be dispersed:

  • Alimony could be awarded temporarily.
  • Alimony could be awarded permanently.
  • Alimony could be paid all at once.
  • Alimony could be paid in monthly or annual payments.

Going through a divorce is never easy. If you have questions and would like an experienced attorney that specializes in family matters to represent your case and best interests, please call my office.

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