Many people worry about their future after divorce. This is especially true for individuals that depend on their spouse for support. These individuals often wonder if they will be eligible for alimony or spousal support. For the party responsible for paying spousal support, they might wonder whether or not they will have enough money leftover to support themselves.
It’s important to remember that spousal support is not part of the property settlement of a divorce, but rather a means to develop a balance between the earnings and needs of both parties. The amount awarded depends on both the amount of money needed by one party as well as the other parties’ ability to pay.
In Michigan, alimony or spousal support is dependent on a number of factors. The following are frequently asked questions regarding spousal support.
How much spousal support will I receive/have to pay?
Unfortunately, there is no way to know for sure whether or not you’ll receive or have to pay spousal support, or how much the amount will be. In Michigan, spousal support is awarded on a case-by-case basis.
How long will I receive/pay spousal support?
Several factors are considered when determining the length of time the responsible party will have to pay for spousal support. These factors include duration of the marriage, the health and age of each party and their earning ability, as well as the contribution each party made when building the marital assets. Issues of remarriage may also be taken into consideration.
What factors are considered when determining alimony?
One of the biggest factors when determining alimony is the ability of each party to support itself after the divorce. If one party is in poor health or unable to work due to advanced age or disability, they stand a much better chance of obtaining an alimony settlement.
Relationship history as well as past and present behavior of each party will also be considered. A history of infidelity or substance abuse can harm an individual’s ability to obtain spousal support.
With so many emotions and changes, divorce is extremely difficult for all parties involved. If you believe that your divorce may include a petition for spousal support, it’s crucial that you contact an experienced divorce attorney. Nessel and Kessel Law can provide you with peace of mind and quality legal representation during this difficult time.