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Understanding spousal support options in Michigan

Making a spousal support agreement can be a confusing aspect of divorce. In many cases, both spouses don't know where to begin, and if animosity exists between the two parties, it adds to the overall complexity of the matter. While Michigan law does not provide divorcing couples with a simple formula for spousal support decisions, it can be helpful for spouses to understand the different options available.

In a divorce, spousal support falls under the property division category. When spouses can work together to create an equitable property settlement, spousal support can be included in the settlement. Naturally, this is a best case scenario for everyone involved as it lessens anxiety on both sides and may hasten the divorce to its closure. However, many cases exist in which this option just does not work out for various personal reasons.

In divorces where the spouses cannot come to an agreement, the courts will step in to make these necessary decisions. Michigan courts take a variety of factors into consideration when deciding spousal support, such as: Length of marriage, ability of one party or the other to pay support, current situation of both spouses, the ages of divorcing spouses, health and financial needs, standards of living and many others.

Courts in Michigan consider all of these factors to make certain both spouses will remain cared for following a divorce. Other considerations include providing as smooth a transition as possible to self-sufficiency for one spouse or the other and providing long-term financial options for an older spouse with no marketable skills.

Michigan courts try to take the burden off of any divorcing spouse who is in poor financial shape, but people still need to make sure their interests are protected. Typically, they accomplish this by acquiring legal representation for an established attorney. If you are divorcing and need to learn more about your financial support options, please review our informative divorce web pages.

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