Under Michigan divorce law the parties have a statutory right to modify alimony or spousal support. This statutory right can be found in MCL 552.28. This statute specifically allows on the petition of a party that a court may revise an alimony award.
Notwithstanding the statutory right to modify alimony, your Michigan divorce lawyer should counsel you on negotiating a non-modifiable alimony award. The Michigan Court of Appeals in the case of Staple vs. Staple allows for parties to negotiate non-modifiable alimony and waive the statutory right for modification.
Your Michigan divorce lawyer should caution you on the risks and benefits associated with a non-modifiable award. Take the following examples into consideration:
- If the payor loses his/her job, the non-modifiable payment overly burdensome.
- If the payor’s income increases the payee may not ask for more alimony;
- If the payee remarries, alimony may not terminate;
- A prepayment of alimony should be discounted for present value;
- Should a non-modifiable alimony award be discounted because it is not modifiable?
- If the payee’s health fails, he/she cannot ask for additional support;
A Michigan divorce court can only order modifiable alimony in Michigan. However, parties can agree on a non-modifiable award. Caution should always be considered when evaluating a non-modifiable award. In many instances, a non-modifiable award can be a big win, in other’s a horrific loss.
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