Michigan law provides for spousal support (formerly called alimony) on a case-by-case basis. However, the law does not clearly state how alimony payments should be determined in every case. Rather, a range of factors are weighed and considered by the court. That's why it is so important to have a lawyer experienced in dealing with alimony to ensure that alimony awarded or paid is fair and accurately reflects your situation.
Experienced Lawyers Trusted for Their Knowledge, Dedication and Success
At the family law firm of Hauer & Snover, our lawyers are well-versed in Michigan alimony law. Our Oakland County alimony lawyers have presented workshops, seminars and written articles about alimony. We use our in-depth understanding of this aspect of divorce to provide clients with skilled representation for any matter related to paying or receiving alimony.
Factors Included in Michigan Alimony Calculations
The courts consider these and other factors when determining if alimony should be awarded as well as the amount and duration of alimony awards:
- Conduct of the parties during marriage, including infidelity or substance abuse
- Prior standard of living of the parties
- Health and ages of the parties
- Length of the marriage
- Ability to be self-supporting
- Amount of property and incomes of both parties
- Needs of the parties
These and other issues are considered by the judge. We develop spousal support proposals which are presented to the court based on full consideration of all relevant factors.
Can Spousal Support Be Modified in the Future?
A question clients frequently ask is whether the amount of alimony can be adjusted if circumstances change. The answer depends on whether the original order was modifiable. If it was, then the alimony award may be changed if the party requesting the change can demonstrate changed circumstances, such as a change of income, disability or other extraordinary situations.
How a Lawyer Can Help
Our divorce and alimony lawyers file actions for alimony, defend against alimony claims, petition for modifications and seek enforcement of alimony orders. Another concern clients may have is that they are not receiving their alimony payments or their order is nonmodifiable and they cannot afford to pay their spousal support obligation. Our attorneys are experienced in all aspects of alimony and can assist you with these situations. A successful outcome depends on obtaining all relevant information. We have investigators, accountants and other financial experts who can help us develop the strongest case possible.
Contact a Bloomfield Hills Spousal Support Lawyer
For more information about spousal support, contact Hauer & Snover. Call us at 248-566-6780 or toll free at