Alimony and Spousal Maintenance Attorney in Rochester, Michigan

What advice do you have for people seeking spousal support?

Rochester, MI family law attorney Daniel Marchese shares his advice for for people seeking spousal support.

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for people who are seeking spousal
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support
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you have to convince me that you have a
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need for it so
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if you’ve been married for 30 years and
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you have not worked in any of those 30
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years
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then there’s going to be a much more
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stronger argument
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for spousal support if a client knows
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that the recommended amount for spousal
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support is not going to be enough to
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provide for their standard of living
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then i have to counsel them that it’s
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time that you have to use your skills
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and experience
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uh if any to go out and find a job
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people are very
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dissatisfied um with you know having to
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go out and kind of start over
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after 30 years of being a homemaker for
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example so that’s difficult for clients
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so it’s not so much the numbers that
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cause difficulties
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in cases it’s setting expectations that
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are realistic
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after being used to certain things for
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10
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15 20 and 30 years the same thing for
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people who
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are going to pay spousal support we have
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to look at
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in property division you know what the
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retirement account is going to look like
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what required minimum distributions
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they’re going to receive
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at the minimum required age when they’re
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going to get social security
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and any other investment income that
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they might have so even though i’m not a
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financial planner
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i still play the role of a financial
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planner in the sense that part of the
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divorce process is figuring out how
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you’re going to
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survive and move forward once a divorce
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is finalized

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