What is Alimony?
Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a sum of money awarded to a former spouse after a separation or divorce. The purpose of spousal support is to ensure that the financial needs of each spouse are met during and after the divorce. The most common question about spousal support is, “How long am I entitled to receive spousal support?” The answer depends on many different factors. Here’s what you need to know.
How Do Michigan Courts Decide on Spousal Support
In Michigan, there are several types of spousal support, and each one has specific guidelines for the length of time. Here’s a breakdown of each:
- Temporary spousal support is awarded to spouses who are unable to sustain support for themselves throughout the divorce. Temporary support may also be referred to as “status quo” payments. For example, if one spouse was responsible for paying the mortgage or other household bills, the court may order that spouse to continue making those payments throughout the divorce process.
- Periodic spousal support, also referred to as rehabilitative support, is typically short-term to give supported spouse time to develop new skills, seek a career and find a job.
- Permanent spousal support is awarded inexceptional circumstances, such as when spouses were married for an extended period. Depending on your circumstances, you may be awarded long-term spousal support if you cannot become financially independent due to health reasons, age, or disability.
- Lump-sum spousal support istypically a rare option. However, if one spouse can pay the entire support amount in one lump sum payment, there is no further obligation to make monthly or weekly payments to the supported spouse.
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