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Helping You Determine The Appropriate Amount Of Alimony

Alimony is not awarded in every divorce. A set of factors is analyzed on a case-by-case basis. Whether you are a man or a woman and whether you will be paying support or receiving support, we will work to obtain a fair determination on your behalf.

For more than 35 years, our Howell and Brighton lawyers have sought the best possible outcomes for our clients in spousal support cases. While we are trial attorneys, Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, does not litigate merely for the sake of litigating. We obtain a clear understanding of your situation, determine what the court is likely to do, and make an informed decision on how to proceed in your divorce case. Call 517-219-9301 to arrange a free consultation. We serve clients throughout Brighton & Howell and in nearby communities.

A Fair Determination Of Spousal Support Is Possible

As attorneys, we understand the generally accepted formula for determining spousal support. However, Michigan judges can differ greatly on their rulings. Therefore, it is to your benefit to obtain experienced legal guidance that can ensure your position is maximized. Spousal support can be awarded on a temporary or permanent basis.

The factors that are included in determining support include:

  • Ages and health of the parties
  • Length of marriage
  • Education levels of the parties
  • Earning capacities of the parties
  • Ability of the obligated party to pay

Our attorneys are highly adept at calculating each party’s actual income. To do this, we take actions such as finding hidden assets and valuing businesses. As skilled negotiators, we are adept at maximizing our clients’ positions toward favorable outcomes. Additionally, we have significant knowledge of the local judges and what each judge is likely to do in each type of situation should the case go to trial.

Spousal Support Modifications

The amount of spousal support or the duration of spousal support can be modified. Just as with initial determinations, this is handled on a case-by-case basis. Factors that can cause a change include remarriage or change in income.

Talk To One Of Our Lawyers Today — For Free

Do you need to speak with an attorney regarding spousal support? To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301. You may also contact our firm online. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with weekend and evening hours by appointment.

How do I choose a good family lawyer?

It’s important to have someone you can talk to. If you’re able to be open and honest with your attorney, the two of you can find a solution that truly works for you.

Some people find it best to interview potential lawyers. This gives you a feel for their communication style. Remember, a lawyer works for you – not the other way around. Another important thing to discuss right away is payment. Understanding potential costs is a key component in legal cases.

When should I hire a family lawyer?

We how intimidating the legal system can be. However, it is best to get experienced guidance instead of trying to figure it out on your own. If you choose to go without representation, you could end up in a less-than-favorable position. We are here to protect your best interests every step of the way.

How can a family lawyer help you?

By knowing the laws, a family lawyer can put your case in favorable position. This is important when it comes to custody schedules, dividing property and determining alimony.

These cases are often highly emotional. Lawyers think logically and keep your best interests in mind. They also can clearly explain what your options are.

Ultimately, you will have to make the decisions as to how to move forward. However, having a clear understanding of what you can do is crucial. That is where our team can step in.

What should I look for in a family lawyer?

Someone you can trust is the most important asset. Since an attorney acts on your behalf, making sure that they understand your concerns is imperative.

For example, our firm has handled complex family law cases for almost 25 years. We are hands-on, communicative and compassionate. Our clients truly feel like the have an ally in their corner. This can make all the difference when you’re caught in a difficult situation.

How long will my family law case take to resolve?

Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for resolving a family law issue (or a set of issues, as is often required when getting a divorce). Each family is unique, which means each case is unique. As a general rule, however, any family law issue is likely to resolve more quickly if both sides can maintain open communication and show a willingness to negotiate. Conversely, if both parties dig their heels in and refuse to even consider an alternative position, the dispute could go on indefinitely.

Should I try to find a family law lawyer who shares a similar personality to mine?

Not necessarily. It is important to find an attorney you feel you can trust and with whom you can be open/honest. For this reason, you may think you need to hire someone like yourself. However, lawyers of many different personality types can be effective. Moreover, hiring someone with a different personality can be advantageous because they might offer a perspective about your case that you didn’t think of.

As we noted above, you do need to trust your attorney and to know that they are working in your best interest. This is something we attempt to show our clients each day – just as we have for the past 25 years.

Will allegations of domestic violence greatly impact my family law case?

Violence and threats of violence are an issue that often looms large in family law cases – particularly divorce and child custody matters. Whether you are the alleged perpetrator or the alleged victim, allegations of domestic violence will likely play a significant role in both the process and the outcome of the case.

When we represent you, we will help you give the court an honest and accurate picture of what has occurred – without minimizing or exaggerating – and provide any necessary context. Because we also practice criminal law, we are ideally suited to guide clients through criminal charges, personal protection orders and related matters.

Should I limit my social media use until my family law issue is resolved?

Since Facebook launched in the early 2000s, it and other social media sites have become a treasure trove of information in divorce, custody and other family law matters. As a general rule, it is a good idea to limit your use of social media during this time or at least be especially judicious about what you choose to post. You should assume that despite your privacy settings, anything you post online could later be seen by your spouse/co-parent, an attorney or the judge overseeing your case.

Call Our Trusted Family Law Attorneys To Discuss Your Case

In addition, we handle premarital agreements, paternity, stepparent adoptions, guardianships, estate planning and related concerns. To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301 or email us. We serve clients in Livingston County and in nearby communities like Lansing/East Lansing, Howell and Brighton.