Michigan Divorce Lawyer Serving Clients in Plymouth
Getting divorced in Plymouth, Michigan is a complicated and difficult process, no matter how agreeable the parties are to issues concerning property division and child custody. At the law offices of Paul J. Tafelski, we are committed to assisting Michigan residents with a wide range of divorce matters. If you have specific questions about high-asset divorce, we can discuss the classification of marital and separate property with you, and we can help to ensure that the court handles your case fairly. If you and your spouse have children and your primary concerns revolve around custody and support, we can answer your questions today.
Do not hesitate to seek advice from an experienced Plymouth divorce attorney about your situation.
We Handle a Wide Variety of Divorce Matters in Plymouth, Michigan
Do you need assistance filing your initial complaint for divorce? Do you have questions about the distribution of marital property or spousal support (also known as alimony)? We have experience assisting clients in Plymouth, Michigan with all aspects of divorce, including but not limited to the following:
- Filing or answering a complaint for divorce in Wayne County;
- Residency requirements for divorce;
- Spousal support (or alimony);
- Property distribution;
- Custody and care of minor children;
- Child support;
- Enforcing a prenuptial agreement;
- Enforcing the terms of a Judgment of Divorce;
- Protecting a parties interest in a spouses pension;
- Drafting a postnuptial agreement; and
- Modifying custody or support orders.
Divorce law in Michigan falls under Chapter 552 of the Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL). You should not have to deal with the complicated divorce laws surrounding each of these issues. A divorce lawyer in Plymouth can assist with your case.
Learning More About Spousal Support or Alimony
Are you eligible to receive spousal support in Michigan? Under MCL 552.13, the court can award spousal maintenance, which is also known as alimony, to one spouse. Either party can request spousal support, and it is up to the court to decide whether it is appropriate. Although Michigan is a “no fault” divorce state, which means only one party must assert a breakdown of the marriage and need not show the fault of either party in order to get a divorce, fault still can be taken into account in matters of alimony. Some of the factors the court will consider in deciding to award alimony can include:
- Previous conduct of the parties;
- Length of the marriage;
- Educational and professional background of the parties;
- Age of the parties;
- Ability to pay alimony;
- Needs of the parties;
- Health of the parties;
- Property distribution awards to each of the parties;
- Previous standard of living of the parties during the marriage; and
- Other matters of equity.
There is no specific formula for determining an appropriate amount of spousal support. Instead, the court will usually look to many of these factors, with a focus on the length of the marriage, for deciding what amount would be fair. Spousal support awards are modifiable, except where the parties agree to a negotiated amount of fixed or non-modifiable alimony, and if there is a change in circumstances of either of the parties, the court may modify the award.
Contact a Plymouth Divorce Lawyer Today
Do you have questions about filing for divorce in Michigan? A dedicated Plymouth divorce lawyer can speak with you today. Contact the law offices of Paul J. Tafelski to learn more about the services we provide.