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Understanding the types of spousal support in Michigan

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After a divorce, each spouse must learn how to become single again. In certain cases, one of them may need financial assistance to make the transition possible. For this reason, such individuals may receive spousal support.

Whether someone is seeking or possibly having to pay support, it is important to understand what it entails. There are a few different types of spousal support that may apply.

Temporary alimony

As the name indicates, temporary alimony is support that a spouse provides on a temporary basis during the divorce proceedings. Parties may decide this amount amongst themselves and not have it court-appointed, or the courts may award it.

Reimbursement alimony

Individuals who divorce their spouses after the spouse supports them through a degree or training program may have to pay reimbursement alimony. This type of alimony is not dependent upon need factors but is strictly compensation for the spouse's support of the other through their time of training.

Rehabilitative alimony

A strong factor in determining alimony is an individual's ability to work. If the courts determine that an individual has necessary work skills or is able to develop them, they may award a rehabilitative alimony amount to provide support long enough for the individuals to finish training and secure a job.

Permanent spousal support

For those individuals who primarily took care of the home throughout the course of a long marriage, or who are older, the chances of them securing work might be slim. In such cases, the courts may award permanent spousal support. Individuals should note that if the courts determine that a spouse support determination in accordance with the supporter's income is not enough, in accordance with Michigan law section 552.23, the courts might award additional payment in the form of assets.

Most of these types of alimony may be made in payments or a lump-sum judgment. 

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