Emotions can run hot during Michigan divorces and it can be difficult for the parties to think about the future when their lives are changing. However, during the divorce process it is imperative that individuals consider what property, assets, and money they will need to live their post-divorce life. For a party that has become financially dependent on their ex, money can be a scary thing to consider.
This post is informational in content and offers insights into the alimony process for divorcing parties. It does not offer any legal advice. When an individual is concerned about alimony during their divorce, they should take their questions to their trusted family law lawyer.
Alimony is not a guarantee during a divorce
Alimony, also called spousal support, is a common topic discussed during the divorce process. It is not, however, a universal element of all divorces. When both parties to a divorce have the financial capacity to support themselves once their marriage is over, alimony may not be necessary. Alimony is only awarded when one party is financially disadvantaged by their divorce.
How do courts decide if alimony is needed?
Alimony can be agreed to by the divorcing parties or ordered after hearings in court. When a court looks at whether alimony should be awarded, it will consider many different factors. Those factors can include the ages and health of the parties, the abilities of the parties to enter the workforce, the standard of living enjoyed by the parties during their marriage, and any impediments that may keep a party from working to support themselves. Alimony can be ordered for short-term intervals to get divorced parties back into the workforce or permanently if individuals cannot work due to health, age, or disability.
Alimony is an important part of many divorces. It can look very different from party to party. The best advice regarding alimony will come from an individual’s own family law attorney who is familiar with their case.