Birmingham Divorce Lawyer
When you are living with your spouse, it can be easy to forget that while
you both share incomes, you still have individual expenses and needs.
It is only when the marriage is dissolved through
divorce that people begin to see just how much their spouse has been spending
to maintain a comfortable standard of living. This may be one of the reasons
why spousal support agreements – sometimes called spousal maintenance
or alimony – are often an area of hot contention.
Spousal support may be ordered by the judge so that one spouse helps the
other pay for:
- Basic amenities (food, shelter, clothing, etc.)
- Medical expenses
- Transportation sources (automobile)
- Higher education courses
If you are going through a divorce in Michigan, allow our Birmingham divorce
attorneys from The Badalucco Firm help you determine reasonable spousal
support amounts. We can represent you whether you are the payor or the
(248) 467-8208 to set up an
initial consultation today.
Determining Factors of Spousal Support Orders
Just as your divorce is unique to you and your spouse, so is your spousal
support order. An alimony order largely depends on factors such as your
individual careers and incomes, with whoever makes more money typically
selected to be the payor, or the spouse who gives payments to the other.
Other factors that determine spousal support include:
- Physical and mental health of both spouses
- Age of both spouses
- Established standard of living while the marriage existed
- Duration of marriage
- Conduct of the parties
Since spousal support is meant to ensure that both spouses maintain financial
stability after a divorce, it must be paid each month. If the judge does
not set a date for the support to end, it could continue into the foreseeable
future. There are only a few other ways this cycle can be broken, including
the payee remarrying or either party passing away.
Preparing to Receive or Pay Alimony
Whether you are going to be paying or receiving alimony, determining fair
spousal support payments begins with income. Our Birmingham family law
attorney can help you effectively utilize the discovery process during
your divorce, revealing any and all pertinent financial records your ex
may have been trying to conceal. If you are supposed to be receiving alimony
but your ex refuses to pay, you may need to take further legal action.
Holding them in contempt of a court order can spur them to remember their
legal obligations, and if that does not work, you may have to resort to
threatening jail time.
Need Legal Support? Call (248) 467-8208!
Just because your marriage ends does not mean that you have to do everything
on your own. When it comes to figuring out the right solutions to various
aspects of your divorce, including setting up spousal support payments,
our divorce attorneys in Birmingham can be there by your side from start
to finish. Request your
free consultation today by filling out an online form – we will get back to you as
soon as we can.