In Michigan, spousal support may be awarded to one spouse as is just and reasonable, after considering the ability of either party to pay and all the other circumstances of the case.
The following factors are considered when determining a spousal support award:
Past relations and conduct of the parties
Length of the marriage
Ability of the parties to work
Source of and amount of property awarded to the parties
Ages of the parties
Ability of the parties to pay spousal support
Present situation of the parties
Needs of the parties
Health of the parties
Prior standard of living of the parties
Whether either party is responsible for the support of others
Contributions to the joint estate by the parties
A party’s fault in causing the divorce
How cohabitation affects a party’s financial status
General principles of equity
Spousal support is awarded in a certain amount for a certain period of time (or permanently) with the ability to modify the amount/duration based on a change of circumstances, unless otherwise agreed by the parties. Spousal support may also be awarded in a lump-sum buyout. Spousal support is not taxable to the recipient and not deductible to the payor.
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