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What affects spousal support in Michigan?

On Behalf of | Oct 7, 2022 | alimony |

If you and your spouse have been struggling together and you decide that divorce is the best option for you, as sad as that may seem, it may give you both the chance to be happy again. Sometimes being apart is a better answer than being together.

There are many different things to consider when a couple divorces, including child support if there are children in the family, asset division, and spousal support. In Michigan, there are several different ways that the divorcing couple can come to an agreement on spousal support.

How does a couple reach an agreement?

Depending on the relationship that you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have, one method for deciding on spousal support may work more effectively than another. The following methods are commonly used by people who are getting divorced.

  • Domestic relations mediation: If the couple are having a difficult time agreeing on spousal support, they may be referred to a domestic mediator. It is important to understand, however, that the mediation is not binding. If order of it to become binding, it must be put in writing, signed by the couple, and signed by their attorneys or submitted to the court. If it is submitted to court, the couple will have to agree to the terms in court.
  • Private mediation: If the couple have a relatively amicable relationship, they may be able to use a private mediator, which may work out with few issues to be resolved.
  • Arbitration: If the couple wishes to use arbitration, they are allowed to do that. After they have chosen the specific arbitration, they will have to go forward under the domestic relations arbitration statute, Uniform Arbitration Act, and the ruling of the court.
  • Settlement agreements: When it comes to the settlement agreement, they must abide by the divorcing couple’s agreement regarding property division, which will have been reached through negotiation and without fraud, duress, or errors on the part of both spouses. The court can drive the decision about spousal support and the agreement must be in writing and signed by both spouses or their attorneys or it must be done in open court.

Sound advice from a respected divorce attorney

If you are at the beginning of the divorce process, the solid advice of a Birmingham, Michigan, divorce attorney can really make your case go smoothly. The attorney can help you to become well acquainted with what you will be facing and can help you make sure to protect your rights. Legal advice and support can help you to get through everything without feeling overwhelmed so that you can look to a bright future.