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Spousal support depends upon a number of factors

The decision to end a marriage can be a difficult one to make. Many times, one spouse earns more than the other; sometimes one of the spouses has been out of the workforce for a number of years. In situations such as these, divorce may appear to be a financial catastrophe for the individual. Fortunately, when deemed appropriate, it is possible for alimony, or spousal support, to be granted by the Michigan courts.

Spousal support laws are changing little by little

Property division, child support and alimony are usually the three most contentious financial issues people deal with in a divorce. Spousal support may be the most controversial of the three, and there are grass-roots efforts working for reform in Michigan and across the country. Lately, however, the push for change is coming from a surprising faction.

Alimony is awarded based on numerous factors

In a no-fault state like Michigan, neither spouse is required to prove the other did anything wrong to justify a divorce. However, when it comes to alimony, the court may take fault into consideration. Aside from fault, there are other factors a judge will examine to determine how much support, if any, a spouse will get.

Financial equality and independence may ease alimony discussions

Efforts to achieve wage equality make greater progress each year. There’s still work to be done, since an income gap still exists between the genders. On average, women earn only about 78 percent of what their husbands make. On the other hand, an increasing number of women now have larger incomes than their husbands. The changing times are forcing divorce courts to rethink traditional approaches to spousal and/or child support.

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