For many people, divorce or separation carries a significant economic shock. Lesser-earning spouses and custodial parents worry about how to continue to provide for themselves and their children. Higher-earning spouses face concerns about the effect that child and spousal support payments can have on their finances. While courts determine child support cases according to mathematical rules, spousal support cases require a variety of factors to be considered. With over 60 years of combined experience, our lawyers understand how support and spousal maintenance are resolved by negotiation or court determination matters. We help clients understand their rights, negotiate fair and workable settlements, and, if necessary, present their cases to the court.
Spousal maintenance differs from child support in that it is not guaranteed during or after divorce. Spousal maintenance is also not computed with the same mathematical precision as child support. The guidelines only offer vague upper limits on the amount of maintenance that can be awarded. Spousal maintenance essentially falls into three categories:
The obligation to pay or the right to receive maintenance can drastically change your finances for years to come. At Shilts & Setlak, LLC, our attorneys can explain your rights and help you negotiate a maintenance resolution that meets your individual circumstances. If you are considering divorce, seeking child support or spousal maintenance, or have been sued for support or maintenance, call our office today at 260-489-0700 or contact us online.