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In Michigan, Alimony (technically called “Spousal Support”) is determined by looking at several different factors, often referred to as the “Sparks Factors” after the landmark Michigan Supreme Court case Sparks vs. Sparks

The “Sparks Factors” are:

  1. The length of the marriage; and
  2. The contributions of the Parties to the marital estate; and
  3. The age of the Parties; and
  4. The health of the Parties; and
  5. The life status of the Parties; and
  6. The necessities and circumstances of the Parties; and
  7. The earning abilities of the Parties; and
  8. The past relations and conduct of the Parties; and
  9. General principles of equity and fairness.

There may be additional factors that are relevant to a particular case. For example, a Court may choose to consider the interruption of a personal career or education by either party. The determination of all the relevant factors will vary depending on the facts and circumstances of each case.

Attorney Matt Catchick has been successfully defending against, and seeking, Alimony claims for over 17 years.  If you have to fight an outrageous Alimony claim, or if you need Alimony to help you “get back on your feet” and support your family, call or email Matt today for a free initial consultation.  Matt uses the same Alimony calculation software relied on by Mediators and Judges throughout the State, and his unmatched attention to detail will ensure you the best possible outcome. 

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Attorney Matt Catchick founded Catchick Law, PC to provide the highest levels of client service and legal representation in the areas of Divorce and Family Law, Criminal Defense, Driver License Restoration, and Traffic Tickets.
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