Spousal support is one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. The widespread misinformation and misconceptions surrounding these payments make it even more complicated.
Therefore, it helps to be informed about how spousal support works to help you prepare accordingly and protect your interests. An excellent starting point is separating fact from fiction.
Below are some of the common myths about spousal support.
Spousal support is gender-based
One of the most common misconceptions about spousal support is that it’s only for women. Historically, women have been the primary recipients of spousal support, but society has since transformed. Gender is no longer a determining factor. Either spouse, regardless of gender, can receive spousal support if they are eligible.
Spousal support is automatic
Spousal support is not guaranteed after divorce. The court will consider several factors, such as the duration of the marriage, the income and earning capacity of each spouse and the standard of living during the marriage, to determine whether spousal support is appropriate.
Spousal support lasts forever
The duration of spousal support depends on the specific circumstances of each case. The payments may last a few months or years, or when the spouse dies or if the receiving spouse remarries.
Spousal support can never be changed
Like most court orders issued during divorce, the amount of spousal support can be revised. Significant changes in either spouse’s financial circumstances, such as a job loss or a substantial increase in income, can warrant a modification of spousal support.
Reach out for legal counsel
Understanding the facts about spousal support is essential to navigating the divorce process successfully since you can approach negotiations with greater clarity and confidence. As such, it’s always best to seek guidance if you have any questions or concerns about spousal support.