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When fear of the future prevents divorce

Sometimes there are problems in a marital relationship in Michigan that seem insurmountable, and one or both spouses may be contemplating a divorce as a result. A person who believes that the separation would be best may still hesitate to begin the process for a variety of reasons. According to Psychology Today, it is common for a person’s choice to stay in an unhappy marriage to be based on fear.

Delaying a divorce in order to plan ahead and anticipate the problems that may arise can be a healthy approach. However, a person who decides to stay because of these issues may be making a bad situation worse, particularly in the case of abuse. One of the frequent worries people face is the concern that they will have to live in reduced circumstances after losing the spouse’s income. Dealing with this fear is often necessary in order to be able to make an unbiased decision about staying or ending the relationship.

MicheganLegalHelp.org explains that spouses who cannot support themselves may be granted alimony in the divorce. One of the primary factors considered in a case is the ability of the spouses to earn an adequate income. So, the goal of alimony is typically to help a spouse become self-supporting. It may take the form of a greater share in the property division, monthly payments or a lump sum. Whether a spouse receives a single amount or an ongoing income, using it to learn the skills necessary for gainful employment may help restore the former standard of living and restore equilibrium.

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