During the course of a marriage, both spouses tend to become used to their way of life. One partner often relies on the other for financial support. Either spouse may make large financial sacrifices to allow the other to pursue education or career opportunities. When a marriage dissolves, the law looks at all these factors and many others to decide whether to award spousal support to an economically dependent party. The Law Offices of Kevin R. Lynch, P.L.C. works with clients to create divorce agreements, to petition courts for support orders or to enforce existing agreements.
Spousal support is money paid to an economically dependent former spouse to help provide for basic needs and to allow the recipient to maintain a standard of living near what they are used to. Michigan allows the parties to negotiate their own spousal support agreement, a process that should be done with the help of an experienced attorney. If the parties are unable to agree, a judge will decide for them based on each party’s need and ability to pay. Court-awarded spousal support comes in a multiple forms, including:
Every divorcing couple is different and the law recognizes that. Michigan does not have a fixed formula for calculating alimony. Our family law attorney will advocate for a fair alimony award that takes into account the age, financial stability, health and actions of both parties.
As life changes, so do the financial situations of former spouses. In some cases, one or both of the parties may wish to change the conditions of an alimony agreement or a spousal support order. We can help you petition a court to change an order when you can no longer afford to pay or when your former spouse has experienced an increase in income and you believe they should have to pay more. Our Clinton Township law firm will also work with the other party to change a divorce agreement. In some cases, this may not be possible because certain agreements are made unchangeable at the time they are signed. We will gladly advise you as to whether alimony payment modification is a possibility.
At the Law Offices of Kevin R. Lynch, P.L.C., we represent divorce clients throughout the Clinton Township area. Whether you are in the process of a divorce or you are looking to modify your alimony payments, we can help. To schedule a free initial consultation with a dedicated and reliable family law attorney, call us at 586-336-1088 or contact us online.