Generally, in Michigan there are two categories of spousal support, modifiable and non-modifiable support.
Non-modifiable, as the name implies, indicates that neither the term, such as the number of years, nor the monthly amount of the spousal support can ever be modified. To have non-modifiable support, the parties must agree to it.
Modifiable spousal support means that the amount or term may be modified at any time upon a proper showing. The court, however, would retain authority to modify it if the circumstances change in the future. In the event of a trial, the court can only order modifiable spousal support.
Many factors go into determining the amount and length of spousal support, including the length of the marriage, the age of the parties, the education of the parties, the needs of the parties, their income level, their health and the reason for the divorce (such as fault). In a long term marriage, spousal support ordered may be for the receiving party to receive for the duration of their life. In a shorter term marriage, or as the circumstances may dictate, spousal support may be for a more limited duration.
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