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Negotiating alimony outside of court

When a couple is planning to file for a divorce in Clinton Township, Michigan, being able to come to an agreement outside of court may benefit both spouses. Even if alimony is part of the equation, Michiganlegalhelp.org states that they may still be able to have an uncontested divorce, as long as they are able to agree.

It may be easiest for a couple to approach the discussion from the same standpoint that a judge would use. According to alimony information provided by Michiganlegalhelp.org, the court evaluates spousal support during property division, and the goal throughout is that each spouse has financial stability at the end of the process.

The longer the marriage, the more likely it is that one spouse has contributed to the career goals of the other. For example, a person may have benefited from the support of his or her spouse while completing an education. The couple may be able to use those circumstances in determining a reciprocal amount of alimony that seems fair to each.

A spouse’s ability to increase earning potential and become self-supporting should be examined since the support may be set for the amount of time it takes to achieve that goal. However, if a spouse’s age would make such education irrelevant to beginning a new career, this may not be an appropriate consideration.

Alimony is not typically permanent. Retirement should also be a part of the conversation. For example, if one spouse does not have significant social security benefits, the fact that he or she is entitled to social security based on the other spouse’s earnings may be a factor in setting an end date to the support. Regardless of other factors, spousal support ends if the person receiving the payments remarries.

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