There is a lot of misinformation about spousal maintenance, also referred to as alimony. Some people may be under the wrong impression that if they were married and then they divorce, they may automatically be entitled to alimony. Or in some other cases people may not know what alimony is and what their rights are in a divorce. And, in some other cases, spousal support disputes may arise long after the divorce proceedings have concluded.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that divorce happens, and Michigan is a no-fault state. A no-fault divorce means that the party filing for divorce does not have to prove any kind of fault and can seek a divorce for whatever reason. However, Michigan does have a residency requirement.
In today's financially strapped times, those in the process of seeking a divorce may wonder if they will have to pay spousal support, also known as alimony, to their soon-to-be ex-spouse and if so, how much. The answer will depend on a number of factors.
Most Michigan residents know that April 15 is tax day. No one looks forward to tax day and trying to understand a tax code is near impossible for many. Filing taxes for the recently divorced individuals can be even more of a challenge. Divorce in general is an emotionally taxing event for people. Thus, to make tax day simpler for the recently divorced, here are a few tips.
Many people may have the incorrect view that an annulment and divorce are essentially the same. However, it is very important to understand that although the outcome may be the same under both an annulment and a divorce, in legal terms, they are two very different legal processes.
No one doubts that divorce can be emotional, psychologically and financially taxing on all parties involved. But what divorcing couples may not realize is that divorce, particularly divorce with children, has an impact on how one files taxes with the Internal Revenue Service.
In a divorce case where one party has been ordered to pay alimony, commonly referred to as spousal support, the tax implications for giving and receiving alimony may be unclear to the parties. Michigan residents may be unfamiliar with the Internal Revenue Service requirement of alimony.
Michigan fans of the American action spy movie Mission Impossible may find it interesting to learn that the female lead actress, Paula Patton of the latest Mission Impossible installment Ghost Protocol recently filed for divorce from her husband. According to reports, the couple had been separated for nearly eight months before Patton filed divorce paperwork.
In order to have an understanding of how spousal support works, one should have a basic understanding of why courts consider granting or denying spousal support. In essence, the primary reason for exploring whether or not one of the spouses in a divorce should be granted alimony is to balance any potentially unfair economic effects on one spouse.
Michigan fans of the show X-Files, particularly the fans of the fictitious character Agent Fox Mulder, may not want to believe that the high profile TV star, who played the character of Mulder, David Duchovny, has divorced his wife of 17 years, actress Tea Leoni. According to media reports, Duchovny filed for divorce earlier this year. The couple was already separated for at least three years. The reason that he cited when he filed for divorce was an irretrievable breakdown of their relationship.