Understanding the Factors of Spousal Support and Alimony

During a marriage, both individuals grow accustomed to a certain lifestyle. One spouse may spend hours at the office earning the paycheck that supports the family. The other spouse may spend days at home taking care of the children, cleaning and fixing meals. In this scenario, it is likely that both spouses make sacrifices to support their family. One works longer hours, while the other opts out of a career to stay at home.

These roles may support each other during the marriage, but it is usually less feasible when a marriage ends. Spousal support, also called alimony, is designed to help both spouses maintain the standard of living to which they grew accustomed to during the marriage.

At Miller & Bartnicki, P.C., our attorneys help individuals in Plymouth and throughout southeastern Michigan understand their financial rights and obligations when a marriage ends. We have 50 years of experience guiding clients through the family law process.

Understanding the Factors That Determine Spousal Support

One of the biggest things people worry about when they are getting divorced is whether they will have the means to support themselves financially. Spousal support can be awarded to one spouse after the marriage is over, though it is not an assumed factor of divorce. Judges determine whether spousal support will be awarded and the award amount based on a number of factors, including:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Age and health of each spouse
  • Each spouse's contributions to the marriage
  • Ability of each spouse to work and their respective incomes

If you are wondering how much support you will be expected to pay or receive, contact us. Experienced Plymouth alimony lawyers can help you understand your financial rights and responsibilities after marriage. Contact us online or by calling 734-259-2046.