While we as attorneys would love to see the law being black and white in all circumstances, we acknowledge that it isn’t. Often, the areas are gray, which means that your attorney must have the experience to wade through these gray areas to your advantage.
One of these gray areas is spousal support. The question from the client is often “what will my spousal support be?”. While the client has a reasonable belief that this will be an easy determination, it isn’t. It will be based on a number of factors, some of which can be a subjective decision by the judge. These factors will include the asset division between the parties, then the income of the parties, followed by a detailed analysis of what amount would be “appropriate and reasonable”.
In determining what would be appropriate and reasonable, the court will consider a list of items including the following:
- The ages of the parties
- The parties’ mental and emotional condition
- The education of the parties
One thing is certain, however, and is not in the “gray” area. If spousal support is modifiable, it may not be over for a very long time. Given that the issue of spousal support can be classified into a shade of gray, it is of paramount importance to obtain an attorney with experience.