Alimony/Spousal Support

Alimony in Michigan is called spousal support by statute. The court may award temporary spousal support during the action or in the final judgment if the judge determines that the awarded party "needs" support and the other party is able to pay it. The court uses a multi-factored analysis similar to the analysis used to divide marital property. The factors the court considers include:

  1. The past relations and conduct of the parties. Jennifer M Paine
  2. The length of the marriage.
  3. The ability of the parties to work.
  4. The source of and amount of property awarded to the parties.
  5. The age, health, and needs of the parties.
  6. The prior standard of living of the parties and whether either is responsible for the support of others.
  7. Any other factor the court determines is relevant.

Using this analysis, the court will award spousal support for a specific time period, which may be short and rehabilitative or long-term and either modifiable or non-modifiable, depending on the factors in the case. Be sure to consult with your lawyer to determine what your court and/or judge generally awards as spousal support, if anything.