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Michigan Divorce Alimony

The Michigan divorce alimony is granted in order to bring a balance between the financial statuses among both the spouses. Alimony is not a form of punishment rather it is an endeavor to support the spouses during post divorce financial crisis. The alimony or the spousal support is not influenced by the distribution of property or marital assets. If the divorce seeking couple fails to come to an agreement regarding the sum and duration of alimony or if at all the alimony is to be paid or not, the court takes up the charge of solving the issue of the payment of alimony.

The following are the factors that are taken under consideration by the court while determining Michigan divorce alimony.
  • Generally, Michigan declares no-fault divorce but while considering the parameters of divorce alimony, the court does take into account the marital conduct of the alimony seeking spouse before divorce. The judgment of awarding of alimony may get affected if the spouse is found to have committed adultery or carried out any form of substance abuse.
  • If the spouse asking for alimony is found to have no marketable skills or income generation capacity and is forced to lead a low standard of life compared to the pre-divorce period, the alimony can be granted.
  • The means of income of both the spouses is also a very important determinant for divorce alimony.
  • The age of the party is also taken under consideration if it is a question of whether to pay the alimony or not.
Often spouses can not manage to come to terms regarding how much amount of alimony the payer spouse should pay. Under such circumstances the court takes the help of the following guidelines for calculating the sum of alimony.
  • The longevity of the marital life led by the two estranged spouses.
  • The contribution made by each of the parties to the marital estate they own jointly or individually.
  • The age and condition of the health of the spouses
  • The needs and the financial liabilities of both the spouses.
The order of the payment of alimony can get nullified if either of the two spouses dies. Incase the receiving spouse remarries or cohabits with another partner he or she is no more eligible to get alimony benefits. The alimony can also be annulled if the court finds that the spouses have committed any mistake or any action of fraud jointly. To get more details regarding alimony you can consult a certified divorce lawyer.

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