Child support is always a hotly contested issue in a divorce involving children, but some couples do not realize that even if their marriage did not result in children, post-marital financial support may still be on the table. Alimony, sometimes called spousal support, is similar in concept to child support, but instead of paying to safeguard the future of a child, one party is paying to assist the other party in building a life after the marriage.
It may sound strange that one party has to pay the other after the marriage, but it is important to remember that such decisions are always circumstantial, and certain marital circumstances mean that spousal support is necessary. Many people make sacrifices for a marriage, and these sacrifices can sometimes come back to haunt them if they end up divorcing.
Consider a scenario in which a woman is pursuing full-time employment in Lansing, but decides instead to marry and moves to a smaller Michigan city to be close to her new husband?s family. In this city, she continues working part-time jobs because she is unable to find employment in her desired field. If she later divorces her husband, she may be unable to support herself financially without the work experience that she may have had if she had not chosen to marry and move. Depending on the circumstances, this could mean that her husband must pay alimony until she is able to secure a more lucrative, full-time position.
Always remember that no two cases are alike, and many circumstances will affect a final divorce decision. If you would like to learn more about alimony, including whether or not you are likely to be required to pay it, please visit our web page. We can help you better understand spousal support and even help you prepare a case to demonstrate why you should not have to pay.