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Addressing Alimony In Your Divorce Case

This unique and complex area of family law can be one of the most difficult issues in a divorce. Having an attorney who is knowledgeable on this side of the law can make all the difference in obtaining a fair result.

In Michigan, there is no formula for determining alimony (also called spousal support). It’s granted on a case-by-case basis, though there are a number of standardized factors to be taken into account.

Alimony can be a contentious issue. It’s important to work with a lawyer who understands the nuances of this issue. At Lashier Law, PLLC, I have extensive experience helping clients address all aspects of divorce, including alimony. I’m Jessica Lashier, a family law attorney and certified divorce mediator in Clinton Township. I take a thorough approach to handling alimony issues. I am thorough in investigating and evaluating all the relevant factors. I draw on extensive experience in Michigan family law to ensure that the spousal support payments are fair for my clients.

Factors For Determining Spousal Support In Michigan

It’s important to know that you can come to an agreement on alimony outside of the court process. I am skilled at facilitating those agreements, both as an attorney and a mediator. Marital agreements such as “prenups” may also impact alimony.
If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the court will determine whether alimony is warranted – and if so, in what amount – based on the following factors:
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • Each spouse’s age
  • Each spouse’s health
  • Each spouse’s income and ability to pay support
  • The financial needs and standard of living of each spouse
  • How much each spouse contributed to the marriage, including financially, raising children
  • Whether either spouse is living with someone else or has others to support
The court can also look at how each spouse’s actions contributed to the breakup of the marriage – for example, infidelity – when awarding alimony. However, alimony isn’t granted solely on the basis of fault.

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