Types of Support Available in Michigan
Michigan offers four types of spousal support:
lump-sum (alimony in gross.)
Factors for the court to consider
In Michigan, while there is no set formula, judges must consider various factors to determine whether to award spousal support/alimony and if so, how much. In addition to considering the length of the marriage, judges also evaluate the following factors:
both spouse’s incomes
the parties’ past relations and conduct
each spouse’s ability to work
the source and amount of property awarded to the parties in the divorce
the age and health of each party
the financial situation of each party
the needs of each spouse
the prior standard of living of the parties and whether the parties support other dependents
each parties’ contribution to the marital estate
whether a spouse’s conduct caused the divorce
how cohabitation affects a party’s financial status, and
any other general principles of equity.
The court will try to award an amount sufficient to allow the receiving spouse to maintain a home and a reasonable standard of living and may also include an award of attorney fees.
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