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Ensuring A Fair Spousal Maintenance/Alimony Award

Spousal maintenance, spousal support, alimony, it goes by many different names, but is a monthly transfer between former spouses. It can be awarded on a temporary or permanent basis and often comes with a number of conditions.

Whether the payor or payee, it is crucial to get the determination correct the first time. This process is closely linked to a property settlement apportioning marital and business assets.

At the Gates Law Office, P.C., our divorce lawyer brings a background in business after handling business and tax law matters. We have ensured that clients in Bloomfield Hills and throughout Oakland County obtain fair spousal support awards.

When Is Spousal Support An Issue?

It will only be awarded when the property award is not sufficient to provide suitable support. The objective is to balance the income between the parties to meet their needs in a way that does not impoverish either.

There is no formula similar to child support calculations. The standard for awarding alimony or spousal support is what is just and reasonable. This is a broad standard that takes into account many factors such as:

  • Years of marriage
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The age and relative health of each of the parties
  • Ability to work, which can result in support being limited to a certain amount of time it will take a spouse to finish coursework or obtain certain skills

This is not an exhaustive list, but highlights the complexity involved in determining whether spousal support is necessary and the fair and reasonable amount. A crucial component in this analysis is to account for all income, which may include deferred compensation or stock options in executive pay packages. Our attorney has worked for large companies and is often able to help reach practical outcomes that meet clients' goals.

Get Answers

When there is a mismatch in income, often spousal support is going to be an issue. It can be difficult to find workable solutions when finances are in dispute.

To learn answers to your questions, please call 248-862-6364 or send us an email. We offer free initial consultations to discuss your unique circumstances and how we can assist.