Divorce can be a financially stressful time for everyone involved. Between asset division, changing household incomes and more, your financial security may become understandably complicated. Spousal support is a key aspect of Michigan family law matters that helps protect you or your spouse in the event of a divorce.
Also called alimony, spousal support has perhaps been unfairly painted by popular movies and TV shows. Being ordered to pay spousal support is often painted as “losing” rather than as an important part of the divorce process. If you are ordered to pay, it is likely because you earned significantly more than your ex over the course of the marriage, or were perhaps the sole earner. Any of the following may be taken into account:
- How long the marriage lasted
- The income and earning potential of each person
- Each spouses’ age
- Future expenses
Family law courts often have discretion when ordering spousal support, and may consider all of the above factors and more when deciding if alimony is an appropriate course of action. Judges must also order how long support payments will continue, which will vary for each unique situation. Spousal support will usually be terminated if you are the recipient and remarry. However, some situations might call for lifelong support orders.
No one should put off filing for divorce because they are worried about their financial security. Michigan family law allows for spousal support payments that reflect the unique situation of each couple. These payments can help lay the foundation for the best possible financial situation following a divorce.