The issue of spousal support after a divorce can be a complex, contested and highly emotional one for both parties involved. If you are seeking spousal support or you believe your ex-spouse may seek support after your separation, then consider the following guide that will help you understand what spousal support is and why you need the services of a professional lawyer to help you understand the spousal support process.
What is Spousal Support?
Spousal support is court-mandated support that one spouse owes to their former spouse as a means of financial assistance. Spousal support is designed to ease one spousal’s ability to maintain a similar standard of living that they experienced before their separation or, to ease a defined financial disadvantage that one spouse experiences due to actions taken during the marriage; this includes, but is not limited to, one spouse staying out of the workforce to raise children, frequently moving around to further the other spouse’s career, and so on. In other words, spousal support is granted under certain circumstances to spouses who are deemed entitled to financial assistance from their former spouse.
Why You Need a Lawyer in Cases of Spousal Support
No matter which side of the issue you may be on–seeking spousal support or being faced with paying spousal support–there is no doubt that it is a highly complex, nuanced issue that is hard for the average person to manage on their own. There are many factors that go into determining whether or not spousal support is owed; and if it is, there is yet another complex number of factors that determine how much spousal support is owed–and even then, a determination must be made on how long the spousal support will be paid. There are even changing legal trends which can sway a decision regarding child support.
It is essential to seek the services of a professional lawyer in cases of spousal support due to the complex, highly nuanced process of determining and then mandating the terms of spousal support. A professional lawyer will be able to help you understand whether or not you have a case–or whether or not it is likely that you will be paying spousal support in your separation. If you try to tackle the issue on your own, you will not get the outcome you are hoping to get.
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Our professional legal team is here to help you, whether you are seeking spousal support or whether you believe your former spouse will be attempting to get spousal support from you. Our legal team is experienced in every facet of divorce and separation law, including spousal support, and we will do everything we can to ensure that you get the outcome you desire from your court case. In cases of spousal support, we will be able to explain the nuanced guidelines and ever-changing legal trends that are used to determine cases of requested spousal support. Our professional legal team will work for you and, if it comes to it, fight to ensure that you get the best outcome possible.