As part of a divorce agreement, the court may require a higher earning spouse help a lower-earning one meet their expenses and maintain their quality of life. These awards, called alimony, can either be monthly or lump-sum payments, and are usually temporary but can in rare instances be permanent.
Alimony can be a contentious part of your divorce, and can be one of the biggest factors in harbored resentment or unhappiness with a final divorce agreement. Before heading to court, it is strongly advised that you let our Oakland County divorce mediator review your case. Edward Shaw, Attorney Mediator at Civilized Divorce, has helped many couples come to a resolution that is both mutually beneficial and minimizes the vitriol that can emerge during these complex legal matters.