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What Determines How Your Divorce Will Play Out?

When you marry someone, you usually do so with reasonable expectations that you’re getting into a certain kind of relationship. When you get divorced, however, life can feel far more uncertain. This is especially true when you consider potentially contentious factors like alimony and spousal support.

Understanding how much you’ll receive or have to pay is vital to your future. At the Law Office of Amy L. Gervich, our dedicated divorce and family law attorney has over 15 years of experience helping families in Clayton and St. Louis make sure their spousal support awards are fair and equitable. Divorces and separations can definitely be scary, but we’re committed to the belief that the right legal guidance can transform them into an extremely positive experience.

Missouri’s Views On Spousal Maintenance And Support

No matter what some people believe, alimony isn’t a punitive measure designed to punish anyone for their behavior. Instead, it serves the greater good by ensuring that newly divorced people can meet their basic needs without burdening social programs or placing children at risk. As you might expect with such life-changing matters, courts take a hard look at the evidence to determine who should give or receive support. Your family law judge may consider:

  • Each person’s professional earning abilities and current assets
  • Which parent will care for the children
  • Property that you owned independently before getting married
  • The standards of living you both previously enjoyed together
  • How you acted toward each other during the marriage

With at least 10 different factors going into most formal determinations, it’s wise to prepare your case thoroughly. Presenting yourself properly is just as worthwhile as making a sound argument, and talking to an attorney at the Law Office of Amy L. Gervich can help you make sure your spousal support award is adequate.

Tenacious Representation For Support Issues In Your Divorce

A lot rides on spousal support determinations. If you’re paying, then you must be able to sustain the amount you’re ordered to turn over, and those who receive alimony must get enough for their lifestyles. While it’s important for you and your spouse to have your own independent representation, you need an attorney that understands both perspectives.

Our lawyer at the Law Office of Amy L. Gervich has the real courtroom experience required to help you pursue a just arrangement. Don’t let an imperfect spousal support order ruin an otherwise healthy split. Schedule your free consultation by contacting us online or calling 866-942-1169 today.

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