Spousal Support

Spousal Support

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 payee. Dial (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.