Spousal support is the legal term for alimony. Yes, there is spousal support in Michigan. It depends on several factors, and these include the length of the marriage, the age of the parties, the educational background of the parties, the income level, the needs of the parties, health factors, the reason for the breakup of the marriage, including fault factors, as well as the factual situation involved. In some cases, there may be long-term alimony, and in others, there may be little or no spousal support. Often the property division has a direct bearing on spousal support, as does whether or not there is a need for someone to complete a degree, or to obtain an education after years of being unemployed while staying home to help raise a family.
Every case is different, and we try to look at these issues in a very sensitive and knowledgeable manner as we advise you on what is best for your needs. In fact, Henry Gornbein wrote the chapter on spousal support in Michigan Family Law, a reference book used by attorneys and judges throughout the State of Michigan. Henry S. Gornbein and Delia A. Miller are prepared to answer your questions. Henry S. Gornbein is one of the leading experts in the state of Michigan regarding issues dealing with spousal support.