Reputable Child & Spousal Support Attorney Serving Saginaw County Clients
In many divorce cases, one spouse may be ordered to pay child support, spousal support/alimony, or both to their soon-to-be-ex. This is determined by a Michigan judge and is based on many factors, including the custody and visitation agreement and the income levels of both spouses. We help our clients negotiate with their spouses regarding these difficult matters and represent them in court when the time comes.
When is Child Support Awarded?
Child support is paid by one divorced spouse to the other in order to share the financial burden of caring for their children. A judge will typically order child support payments if one parent is the regular, primary caregiver of the children. In cases where custody is split equitably between both parents, it is likely that neither will be ordered to pay child support. Ultimately, the judge will make this determination based on time spent with the children, the economic state of each parents relative to their share of the childcare duties, and the specific needs of the children.
How is Spousal Support/Alimony Determined?
Spousal support is awarded on a case-by-case basis and in instances where one spouse will experience an inequitable financial burden as a result of the divorce, whereas the other spouse will not. Examples of spouses who are commonly awarded alimony include, but are not limited to:
- Has not participated in the workforce for many years
- Ceded the majority of marital assets/property
- Earns far less income than their spouse
- Is unable to work due to disability
- Was the victim of adultery, abandonment, or other poor marital treatment
- Is used to a prior standard of living they cannot achieve on their own
If you are seeking spousal support, we can help you build a strong case in your favor. If your spouse is seeking spousal support from you and you would like to avoid making alimony payments, we will likewise build a fortified argument for you.