Alimony/Spousal Support Protecting What Matters Most

Spousal Support Lawyer in Macomb County

Helping Clients Resolve Alimony Issues

If you are facing divorce in Michigan, you may be worried about your finances during and after the divorce. If you have been financially dependent on your spouse during your marriage, you may be wondering if you can make it without their support. If you have been the primary or sole earner during your marriage, you may be concerned that you will not have enough to live on if you need to pay your spouse alimony (called “spousal support” in Michigan).

At Paul S. Kowal, P.C., our Macomb County spousal support attorney understands these concerns and can help you and the other party determine if spousal support is appropriate for your situation. We will work directly with you and negotiate with the other party to create an effective plan that will yield positive results in your case.

For detailed information on how we can resolve your legal issue, contact our office at (586) 333-3446. We also serve residents of Macomb Township, Shelby Township, Clinton Township, Sterling Hights, Utica, & the surrounding areas.

Michigan Spousal Support Laws

Spousal support laws can vary greatly from state to state, and people often misunderstand how spousal support is determined in Michigan. Spousal support may be awarded to either party if the marital property they receive in the divorce is not sufficient for their “suitable support and maintenance” and that of any children in their care. Unlike some states, there is no minimum amount of time a couple needs to have been married for spousal support to be awarded in Michigan.

While child support is based on a formula, there is no such formula for determining spousal support. Instead, the court will weigh several factors, including:

  • The past relations and conduct of the parties
  • How long the parties were married
  • The ability of each spouse to work and their earning capacity
  • The source and amount of property awarded to each spouse in property division
  • The ability of the paying spouse to pay spousal support
  • Whether the spouse requesting alimony is responsible for supporting others, including adult children with special needs
  • The parties’ present situation
  • The difference in the parties’ incomes
  • The standard of living established during the parties’ marriage
  • The age, health, and needs of both parties
  • General principles of equity or fairness

Spousal support can be awarded as a lump sum or as periodic payments. It may be for a limited time or on a long-term basis. If you and your spouse cannot agree on the issue of alimony, the court may need to make the decision on your behalf.

Count on Our Experienced Macomb County Spousal Support Attorney to Help You

Whether you need someone to help you negotiate the most favorable terms for your spousal support agreement or represent your interests in court, Paul S. Kowal, P.C. will advocate effectively for your rights and interests.

For your complimentary consultation, call our office directly at (586) 333-3446 or complete our online contact form.

Why Choose Our Firm?

Protecting What Matters Most
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Meet Attorney Paul S. Kowal

More Than Three Decades of Experience Advocating for His Clients
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    Paul S. Kowal
    Attorney Paul S. Kowal has been practicing law in Michigan since 1981. He earned his J.D. at University of Detroit School of Law in Detroit, Michigan, and earned his A.B. at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Mr. Kowal founded Paul S. Kowal, PC in 2005 and has made it his goal to help families resolve any and all family law issues they may be dealing with.
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