One of the most common questions that individuals considering divorce ask is about spousal support. Is there a rule in Michigan that says that one party has to pay the other support after a divorce? What you need to know is that there is no specific formula in the state that outlines what these rules are. And, in fact, every situation is going to be different. That is why it is very important for you to work closely with a local attorney to understand your rights under Michigan divorce law.
The goal of spousal support is to help ensure both parties have an equal financial start after the divorce based on their contributions and rights from the marriage. It may be ordered if one of the parties in the divorce is unable to earn enough to support him or herself after the divorce. The most common reason for this occurs when one party does not maintain his or her own job during the marriage, often to take care of children or other family obligations while the other is out of the home earning an income. But, many factors impact whether or not a party will be eligible for this type of financial support.
For example, if one person was at fault for the breakdown of the marriage, he or she may not be entitled to support. Other factors have to do with whether or not both parties are able to work due to health or other factors. And, there will be considerations for the way in which the property was divided in the divorce and how that impacts a person’s financial need.
With the help of a divorce attorney, you can better understand what you can expect in your own case. Michigan law differs significantly, making a standard answer difficult.