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Is spousal support a myth in Michigan?

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If you are going through a divorce in Michigan, it is important to understand how the state's unique approach to divorce informs the process for you. For example, Michigan is one state that does still allow for spousal support outside of child support, but it does not work the way it did twenty years ago, and it bears very little resemblance to what most people think of when they think of "alimony."

Before seeking spousal support, it is important to know how the law works today, and how its modern incarnation imposes limitations on the spousal support order. Beyond that, it is also important to have legal help that can maximize your chances of getting the support you need to get back on your feet after the divorce, because it can often take a substantial transition period before you are back on your feet again.

Factors at play in Michigan's spousal support determinations

Today's courts use modeling software to help predict the amount and duration of spousal support according to various factors that the court sees as being at play. Those include:

  • Differences in education
  • Work experience gaps and differences in training readiness
  • Custodial responsibilities for the children
  • Earning potential after entering the workforce
  • Cost and time of potential retraining

These are just the most common factors, and the exact formula used depends on the exact software package. What is noted in the research is the fact that any formula, no matter how sophisticated, will fail to fully account for all the factors that can speed up or delay the process of re-entering the workplace and achieving financial independence.

If you wish to seek spousal support

If you are going through a divorce and you wish to seek spousal support, you will need legal help that can help you contend with the way that your circumstances will be interpreted by the software, and who can help you present the case that best highlights your need, helping you achieve the best judgment possible. There is never a guarantee, because attitudes toward spousal support have shifted in recent years, but the right legal help is key.

Do not wait. The sooner you retain an attorney who can work with you to ensure every argument in your favor is made, the better your chances of showing those disparities that the court counts most heavily toward determinations of spousal support. Only experienced family law attorneys in Michigan will have the detailed knowledge you need to make sure you get as much help as possible during this transition.

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