Spousal Support And Alimony
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Spousal Support

Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is a common issue in a divorce. Spousal support is not based upon a formula and determinations tend to be largely subjective, influenced by a judge’s own personal convictions or biases. There are 14 factors considered by judges when making a custody determination.

Types Of Spousal Support

There are three types of spousal support in Michigan.

  1. Permanent or Long Term. This is typically awarded in long-term marriages where there is a large disparity in income or when a spouse is unable to earn an income.
  2. This is a shorter-term payment which provides the spouse with no or a lesser income the opportunity to enhance his/her job skills and to earn a higher wage.
  3. Alimony in Gross. This refers to a lump-sum award or fixed period payments. This type of support is a form of property division.

Modifying Spousal Support

Unless agreed by both parties to be non-modifiable, spousal support can be modified based upon a change in circumstances. Judges frequently decide cases involving a request to modify spousal support.

If your case involves an issue of spousal support, rest assured that over the past 25 years of practice, Ms. Stern has successfully handled numerous cases involving spousal support awards and spousal support modification.  Please contact Ms. Stern at 248-973-7842.