Experienced Representation For Your Alimony And Spousal Support Goals
Unlike child support, there is not a legally recognized formula for the determination of spousal support. Although a few such formulas exist, they may be only considered for discussion purposes rather than as legally binding. Many Court of Appeals cases have relied upon certain factors when reviewing the incomes and needs of the parties for a spousal support determination to ensure that neither party is impoverished by payment of a spousal support award.
These factors to be considered are:
- The past relations and conduct of the parties;
- The length of the marriage;
- The abilities of the parties to work;
- The source and amount of property awarded to the parties;
- The parties’ ages;
- The abilities of the parties to pay alimony;
- The present situation of the parties;
- The needs of the parties;
- The parties’ health;
- The prior standard of living of the parties;
- Whether either party is responsible for the support of others; and
- General principles of equity.
A determination regarding spousal support is made during ongoing discussions and negotiations and must address many factors, including the amount of support to be paid, the term of the payments, whether the support award is modifiable or non-modifiable, method of payments, which income source(s) is to be considered for the support award, security for the support, and any other relevant factors.
Contact attorney Susan Cohen by calling 248-644-5600 from wherever you are in Bloomfield Hills and Oakland County. During your initial consultation, you will receive honest answers to your questions, comfort for your concerns and thoughtful recommendations that address your specific situation.