Spousal support is a monetary payment made by a supporting spouse to a dependent spouse. Support is meant to balance the income of spouses after the end of a marriage. If the court determines a spouse's income is not sufficient even after receiving a portion of the marital property, the court has discretion to award spousal support. If you are facing a spousal support issue, the attorneys at Creighton McLean & Shea PLC can provide guidance and advice.

Guidelines For Spousal Support

Michigan does not have fixed rules for awarding alimony. The decision is subjective and largely based on the age and income of the spouses and the length of the marriage. Primary factors considered by the court when determining if spousal support is warranted include:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The needs of spouse and whether either is responsible for the support or care of another person
  • The source and amount of property awarded to each spouse
  • The present financial situation of each spouse
  • The ability of the supporting spouse to pay alimony
  • The age of each spouse
  • The ability of each spouse to perform or secure work
  • The health of each spouse
  • The past conduct of each spouse, particularly in fault based divorces

The amount and duration of the support varies, dependent upon guidelines similar to those above. Either spouse may request a modification to a support order when they experience a significant change in circumstances.

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Whether you are requesting spousal support or you need legal defense against a spousal support claim, our experienced team can help. To discuss your spousal support matter with a lawyer, please call our Livonia office at 734-245-9289 or send us an email to schedule a consultation.