Representing the Interests of Parties on Both Sides of Spousal Support Issues
In any divorce proceeding, financial matters are always a focal point. Both spouses face a level of uncertainty with regard to what their lives and financial obligations will look like after the divorce has been finalized. Michigan law provides certain protections to ensure the financial stability of the spouses, the most well-known being spousal support.
Also referred to as alimony, spousal support can be ordered by the court as a way to ensure that the recipient spouse has the financial resources necessary to support him or herself as a single person. Spousal support is not mandatory under Michigan law, and the court has broad discretion when awarding it. No matter which side of the case you are on, be sure that you have a reliable Michigan alimony lawyer by your side from the start.
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Seeking the Best Possible Result in Your Case
At Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC, we have extensive experience representing clients on both sides of spousal support cases. We understand all of the factors that the court will consider in these cases, including the impact a spouse's infidelity can have on the judge's decision. We will be there with you throughout the process, working tirelessly to secure the most favorable outcome possible in your case.
With every client we serve, we conduct a complete review of yours and your spouse's finances, using accountants and other experts when appropriate. We use that information to build the most compelling case to support your position in the matter. Depending on which side of the case you are on, we will advocate to have certain income included or excluded from consideration.
There are also important tax considerations that need to be taken into account in these matters. Spousal support is considered income for the recipient and can be a deduction for the payer. If you need additional advice or guidance on the tax implications surrounding a spousal support agreement, we can help you source the financial professionals who can help you.
Spousal Support Considerations
The court considers several factors when awarding spousal support (also referred to as alimony):
- The past relations and conduct of the parties (even though Michigan is a no-fault state, fault is still a consideration in certain spousal support cases)
- The length of the marriage
- The ability of the parties to work
- The source and amount of property awarded to each party
- The age of the parties
- The ability of either party to pay
- The present situation of the parties
- The needs of the parties
- The health of the parties
- The parties' prior standard of living and whether either is responsible for the support of others
- A party's fault in causing the divorce
- The effect of cohabitation on a party's financial status
- General principles of equity
Discuss Your Case With Our Michigan Spousal Support Lawyer
Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our Michigan spousal maintenance attorney. You can reach our office at 734.769.LANA (5262) or via e-mail.
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