Alimony laws in Michigan exist to provide financial assistance to a spouse in order to preserve his or her accustomed standard of living, as it existed during the marriage. Alimony payments are balanced by the other spouse's ability to pay.
The terms “alimony” and “spousal support” both refer to the money allowance paid by one spouse to another as ordered by the court. Alimony does not apply to every divorce situation. Divorce proceedings determine whether alimony is required on a case-by-case basis. Either party may be ordered to pay spousal support.
Michigan spousal support, also called alimony, is the obligation to provide financial support to one's spouse after divorce. Spousal support is never guaranteed in Michigan.
If you have concerns about whether you may be required to pay alimony, or receive it, contact me to arrange an initial consultation. As a critical part of my Family Law practice, I assist clients throughout the Tri-County area of Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties with Michigan spousal support decisions, issues and modification orders.