In Michigan, courts have the ability to award spousal support during marriage, while divorce or separation is pending, or as part of a divorce decree or judgment of separate maintenance. The purpose of spousal support is to ensure an adequate income stream for persons who are economically dependant as a result of the marital relationship.
In determining the amount of the award, need and ability to pay are generally the two most important factors, although courts may also consider:
- Standard of living
- Duration of marriage
- Age and physical and emotional condition of parties
- Financial resources of each party
- Contribution of each party to the marriage
- Past relations and conduct of the parties
Attorney Patrick Chatterton will provide an honest and confidential assessment to evaluate your situation and help you obtain a fair settlement. We will advise you on the types of spousal support awards available, including permanent periodic payments, lump sum payments, rehabilitative support, and spousal reimbursement. If an order has already been issued in your case and either your or your former spouse’s circumstances have changed, we can counsel you on the process of seeking a modification of the spousal award.
Attorney Patrick Chatterton handles all aspects of spousal support awards, from obtaining an order to modification and termination of the award. Contact our office today and rest assured knowing you are being represented by a qualified and experienced lawyer who will protect your interests.