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Does age affect alimony in a Michigan divorce?

If you are age 50 or older and you are going through a divorce in Clinton Township, Michigan, it is natural to be concerned about how you will support yourself. According to Michigan Legal Help, you may be eligible for spousal support. There is no set formula, and the amount is determined on a case by case basis, so the judge will consider many factors, including your age and how close you are to retirement, before making the determination.

Spousal support is typically a short term solution, and it is intended to help you maintain a reasonable standard of living while getting back on your feet after the divorce. This might include getting an education, learning a new skill or some other factor that is relevant to your ability to enter the job force and becoming self-supporting. If you are unlikely to be able to acquire the resources necessary to recover financially, you may be compensated with spousal support that is not limited to a certain amount of time.

Once you or your spouse reaches retirement age, becoming eligible for Social Security benefits may be cause for modification or an end to your alimony. You are entitled to benefits based on your ex-spouse’s work record if that amount is more than you would receive based on your own. This financial change is often a factor that the judge may consider relevant. The information provided here about age-related factors affecting spousal support in Michigan is intended for educational purposes only. It should not be considered legal advice.

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