When a marriage dissolves, the law allows either spouse to petition for spousal support, also called alimony. However, just like with other decisions that must be worked out when a couple separates such as child support, the ultimate decision as to whether or not a spouse will be required to pay spousal support will be determined by a judge based on several factors.
The four different types of spousal support that may affect you:
Temporary support. Temporary support is paid during separation before the divorce is final.
Rehabilitative support. Rehabilitative support is also temporary in that it is designed to last until you become self-supporting.
Permanent support. Permanent support lasts until the death of either former spouse or until you remarry or begin living with another person.
Reimbursement. Reimbursement is designed to repay you for specific expenses you helped pay during the marriage, such as the cost of medical or law school for your spouse.
If you are contemplating divorce, it is critical that you contact an experienced lawyer who will explain the factors the court may consider in determining whether to order support payments, including the implications of modifiable versus non-modifiable support payments.
Divorce proceedings are emotional, complicated, and expensive. Our Family Law team at Thacker Sleight has years of experience successfully representing clients in Family Court who are seeking spousal support or trying to understand spousal support minimization better. Whether you are seeking spousal support or seeking information on minimization on spousal support, we will advocate for you at every step.
Contact us at 616.888.3810 to schedule a consultation regarding your case.