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Divorce filings tend to rise in January

Divorce can be an emotional, personal and financial decision, regardless of the time of year. Michigan couples who are thinking about divorce might not believe that the time of year has a significant effect on finally deciding to move on from an unhappy marriage, but research suggests otherwise. Regardless of the month or season, preparing for the inevitable challenges that accompany divorce can be critical to a case. Understanding the factors that will be part of a divorce and any other family law issue can be difficult.

When can I stop paying spousal support?

Spousal support is one of the ways that two formerly married Michigan residents may remain connected after their divorce is finalized. It involves the payment of money from one party to the other for the recipient's use and maintenance. Whether spousal support, sometimes called alimony, is created by agreement or order, it is generally paid on a schedule and paying parties may be subject to sanctions, if they fall behind.

What is a no-fault divorce?

Marriages end for many reasons. While some Michigan couples may stay with their partners until the ends of their lives, others may elect to terminate their marital relationships through the divorce. When two people go through and complete a divorce, they are no longer legally bound to each other though they may share in post-marital responsibilities, such as the custody and support of their kids.

Mediation can be a non-adversarial way to get divorced

Television and the movies may make it seem like all divorces are contentious affairs fought out in a courtroom. However, many couples in Plymouth wishing to end their marriage are finding that there are other, non-adversarial ways to divorce. For example, sometimes a divorce settlement can be reached through mediation.

How does spousal support differ from child support?

When a couple in Plymouth decides to end their marriage, money will be a concern for both parties. Specifically, parties will want to know if they will pay or receive spousal support -- also known as spousal maintenance or alimony -- and if they have children, whether and how much they will be ordered to pay in child support. It is important to understand the difference between spousal support and child support, as they are meant to accomplish very different goals.

What types of spousal support are available in Michigan?

Sometimes when a couple is married, one spouse earns significantly more than the other. Some couples even decide to have one spouse stay out of the workforce entirely to care for the family. While these arrangements may work when a couple is married, should the couple divorce the lesser-earning spouse may be at a significant financial disadvantage. For this reason, courts may order the higher-earning spouse to pay alimony -- also known as spousal support -- to the lesser-earning spouse.

What is standard of living and its impact on spousal support?

It's no secret that two incomes are better than one. However, when it comes to a dissolution of marriage, income isn't usually the sole reason behind a divorce. While the lure of a single life calls to many, it can be hard to reconcile the change in standard of living. For some, it results in a real disparity between spouses.

We can help if spousal support is a part of your divorce

When looking at a divorce, there are so many pieces to the complete puzzle. For many divorcing after several years of marriage, there are emotional issues, child custody issues, property division issues and general questions swirling around the process of divorce that many are seeking answers for. Whatever your situation, divorce requires the legal separation of two people and their lives. Here is a little bit about spousal support, also known as alimony, and how we can help.

What factors determine if alimony is a part of a divorce decree?

Marriage can be a beautiful thing. It can also turn into something else, something you want to escape. Thank heavens for divorce. If married for many years, or just a short time, alimony could be a part of your divorce decree between you and your spouse.

What does Michigan law say about marital breakdown and divorce?

The days in which a Michigan divorce required an extensive series of reasons before it could be granted as to why the marriage is over and cannot be salvaged are no longer in effect. For a person who decides to end a marriage, all that is necessary is that there has been an irretrievable breakdown in the marriage and the complainant states this when filing. That does not mean having legal assistance from a qualified divorce lawyer is unnecessary. On the contrary, it is always beneficial to have legal help.

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