Understanding alimony obligations, rights and options

Understanding alimony obligations, rights and options

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.

Laws governing family law issues can be confusing for parties in the process of seeking a divorce. The experienced attorneys at the Smith Law Offices P.C. can help Detroit residents during these difficult times.

Michigan courts considers numerous factors in deciding if alimony is appropriate. These factors include the age and health of the parties, the amount of time the parties were married, and the earning potential of each party. Though the court will consider these factors, it is important for parties to understand that spousal support payments can be negotiated. During such negotiations, an experienced family lawyer attorney can provide invaluable assistance. Our lawyers bring an individualized approach to each case and we will work hard and ethically to ensure that our clients’ rights are protected, and that a fair deal is made.

Spousal support orders can be either long-term or temporary in nature. Attorneys at our law office can help determine what is appropriate based on each client’s specific circumstances. In many cases, if the party receiving the alimony is unemployed, arrangements can be made to have the party get spousal support until such time that they obtain the necessary training to join the workforce. Finally, we recognize that circumstances in everyone’s life can change and modification of a spousal support order may be necessary.

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