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Understanding how alimony laws work in Michigan

Some of the most common questions that people who are considering divorce have are in regards in to alimony or spousal support. Alimony is part of most divorce settlements, but there are no set formulas for how alimony works in the Clinton Township area. Rather, the judge, in accordance with the different circumstances of those involved, determines each individual case.

Although some people might believe that spousal support is used as a form of punishment for the spouse who has to pay it, in actuality, alimony is used to make sure that both parties are taken care after the divorce is finalized, according to MichiganLegalHelp.org. Another misconception that some people have about alimony is that only a court can decide the amount that will be paid.

However, the fact is, a couple can avoid going to court regarding to settle spousal support issues if they can reach an agreement on their own. It’s only when they can’t come to a mutual decision that a court will have to decide for them.

If a couple does end up in court, the judge will look at several different factors in order to make a decision on alimony, including, but not limited to, how each party behaved during the marriage, the length of the marriage, how much property each spouse is getting and whether or not each spouse works and how much they make.

Meanwhile, if a person is ordered to pay spousal support but does not comply with that order he or she could be subject to legal penalties, according to Legislature.MI.gov. Those penalties could include fines or even prison time.

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