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Different Types of Spousal Support and Questions You Need Answers To


There are different kinds of spousal support but they all mean the same thing – you have to pay your former spouse with a chunk of your hard-earned money. 

Alimony in Gross

There is alimony in gross. Alimony in gross means property division that is payable through either a lump-sum award or through fixed periodic payments. Generally, this kind of spousal support is what should be granted to you when you do not ever want to deal with your ex-spouse regularly. 

The disadvantage of this kind of spousal support is the fact that it is non-modifiable and may only be changed upon the death of the recipient.

Permanent Spousal Support

Also known as long-term spousal support, this is awarded when there is a great difference in the earning power of the spouses or when one of the spouses is disabled. The permanent spousal support may end when the contingency rises such as when the parties retire and become eligible for their social security benefits.

Shorter-term Rehabilitative Spousal Support

There is also the shorter-term rehabilitative spousal support that aims to allow the payee spouse to be independent. There is a payment of this alimony until the payee spouse becomes self-sufficient. To end this kind of alimony, a condition must be complied with.

Can I date even if I am receiving alimony?

If it is the other way around and you are receiving alimony, you may still date. However, getting married is considered a condition that may put an end to your alimony payments so you should consider that.

I am not the party at fault, why should I pay spousal support?

Michigan is a no-fault state which means that attribution of fault to the breakdown of the marriage is not necessary. 

However, the party at fault may still be punished by the court since the attitude of the parties at the time of the marriage is part of the factors that determine the amount of alimony. Hence, even if you are not at fault, you may still be required to pay the equitable amount of spousal support.

I am paying alimony and child support. Can I just pay one without the other when I am unable to?

No, the support payments must be paid when they are due and demandable. If your economic realities have changed and you need to cut back on the support payments, you may go to court to get the spousal support order modified.

Let Haque Legal Help You With Your Spousal Support Needs

Now that you know some facts about spousal support, it is time to get down to it. If you require a lawyer who can assist you with ensuring that you get spousal support in Michigan, or if you want to get legal help on modifying the spousal support order, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that those who are innocent will be protected by the law and the full extent of justice will be used.


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