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In addition to the emotional issues surrounding a divorce, recovering financially can also prove challenging. In situations in which one of the parties is at a financial disadvantage, spousal support or alimony may be sought. At Iafrate & Salassa, P.C., we represent clients on both sides of this important issue. Our Macomb County spousal support attorneys have over 45 years combined experience in handling a variety of complex divorce cases and can help ensure your rights and best interests are protected throughout these proceedings.
Spousal support may be an issue in your case if there are discrepancies in the amount of income each party has or in their ability to be self supporting. Under the Michigan Statutes (Section 552.13), the court may order one of the spouses to pay a certain amount to the other, either on a temporary basis while they re-establish themselves in a career, or on a more permanent basis to ensure that the standard of living enjoyed throughout the marriage is maintained.
At Iafrate & Salassa, P.C., our Macomb County spousal support attorneys act as a strong legal ally on your side in these situations to ensure any orders take into consideration all the details involved in your case. Factors the court will likely consider in awarding spousal support or alimony include:
Potential tax implications are another important consideration. Under Internal Revenue Service guidelines, spousal support is considered income. The person paying alimony would be entitled to write it off on their taxes, while the receiving party could be facing hefty tax debts.
Decisions regarding spousal support have the potential to impact your financial security, now and in the years to come. To ensure your legal rights are protected, reach out and contact our Macomb County spousal support attorneys. At Iafrate & Salassa, P.C. we have the legal knowledge and expertise needed to help you get what you are entitled as part of your divorce order. Request a request a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help you today.