30807004 sSpousal support is money that is paid to a spouse which is not intended to be a division of marital property.  Many factors are considered by the court as relevant in determining whether spousal support should be awarded. These factors are as follows:

  • The past relations and conduct of the parties
  • The length of the marriage
  • The ability of the parties to work
  • The source and amount of property awarded to the parties
  • The age of the parties, the ability of the parties to pay spousal support
  • The present situation of the parties
  • The needs of the parties
  • The health of the parties
  • The prior standard living of the parties
  • Whether either party is responsible for the support of others
  • General principals of equity.

How much spousal support you will receive and how long it will last is in the discretion of the court.  
If you are receiving or paying spousal support, and believe a modification is in order because of a increase or decrease of income, the spousal support may require an increase or reduction.  

To obtain further information regarding spousal support, please contact Laurie Schmitt, Attorney at Law.  

Laurie Schmitt of Schmitt Law, PLLC is a West Michigan family law attorney specializing in collaborative divorce as well as separation, divorce, child custody and support, paternity, and other family law litigation. She is licensed by Michigan State Bar and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, and has extensive advanced training in divorce mediation and collaborative divorce. Contact Laurie at (616) 608-4634 for a confidential consultation.