You may need spousal support (alimony) to provide for yourself and the life you have grown accustomed to. Or, you may be the one who has been tasked with providing financial support for your spouse throughout the marriage and you are now being asked to provide further support. Also, you may want to make sure you receive support for as long, or pay support for as short, a time as possible under the law. In these situations, legal counsel is never more important as the amount of spousal support you may be ordered to pay or receive can vary depending on a myriad of factors.
If you and your spouse are W-2 employees, ongoing spousal support may be slightly easier to calculate when analyzing the support amount based on your marital standard of living. However, this issue becomes more complicated when, for example, one party has not worked or one party is self-employed or the owner or partner in a business. In these instances an analysis of the supported spouse’s earning capacity (past employment history, etc.) may be required. Or, we may need to issue discovery to determine the income of the paying spouse who is self-employed or a business partner with a difficult income to calculate.
You may also be owed past spousal support or there may be an allegation that you owe past spousal support. Perhaps the amount sought is being calculated incorrectly or does not include legal interest when it should. Allow Dan to utilize his accounting background to determine the correct amount owed in arrears.
Spousal support is a complicated equation with many factors to be addressed. And every case is unique and requires the correct analysis based on its own set of facts. Therefore, you should contact Dan to address what a proper spousal support order will look like in your case.