As a divorce nears finalization, spousal support – sometimes called alimony in Michigan – will become a pressing issue. Statistics indicate that spousal support is rewarded more often than not, so planning for it ahead of time could be a saving grace. At Haskell Law, PC, Grand Rapids Divorce Attorney Haskell can help you and your ex-spouse reach an amicable decision, whether you are the one who needs to receive spousal support or the one who needs to pay it.
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In a simple, uncontested divorce, you may be able to predetermine a fair spousal support amount one spouse pays each month without having to complicate the matter. When this is an option, you and your ex-spouse can choose virtually any amount as long as you both agree on it and it is clear to the court, which will have to review it eventually, that there was no undue influence used to reach that agreement. This is an ideal situation and may not be possible for most divorcing couples.
If a court has to help you decide spousal support, it will consider the following factors:
In addition to the aforementioned factors being used to determine the amount of spousal support paid each month, it will also affect how many months are included on a spousal support plan. For a particular short marriage, spousal support might be arranged for 6 months to 2 years. On the other hand, spousal support may be permanently established, only ending after one spouse remarries or passes away.
Our Grand Rapids divorce attorney serves West Michigan and is proud to be able to say that he has earned a reputation for being a legal representative that is both highly knowledgeable and genuinely compassionate. If you have a family law dispute of any kind, from spousal support to child custody, allow our team to stand by your side and help you through it. Contact us online today, tell us about your concerns, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.