In Michigan, the court must look at eleven facts when deciding to award alimony (spousal support). The eleven factor are as follows:
1. Past relations and conduct of the parties.
2. Length of the marriage.
3. Ability of the parties to work.
4. Source of and amount of property awarded to the parties.
5. Ages of the parties.
6. Ability of the parties to pay spousal support.
7. Present situation of the parties.
8. Needs of the parties.
9. Health of the parties.
10. Prior standard of living of the parties.
11. Whether either party is responsible for the support of others.
12. General principles of equity.
The court must make findings on each factor relevant to the claim before it.
The most important factors the court looks at is the disparity (difference) in income between the parties and length of marriage. The short the marriage the less likely there will be spousal support. Additionally, there must be a difference in income. If the parties have been marriage for 30 years and earn the same income, there will be no spousal support.
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