The determination of spousal support is highly-customized based on numerous factors. Spousal support laws seek to balance the interests of both spouses by preventing either spouse from suffering substantial loss.
We take the time to gather all relevant information to determine whether spousal support is appropriate. We offer personalized advice on the potential amount, duration, and modifiability for the client’s specific facts and circumstances. If spousal support is appropriate, we employ a myriad of tools, including specialized software and experts, to determine a reasonable and realistic result.
In analyzing spousal support, Frantz Ward carefully considers all factors including:
- Living expenses
- Standard of living
- Employment history
- Earning abilities (including lost income ability as a result of marital duties)
- Physical, mental, and emotional health issues
- Job and career rehabilitation needs
- Marriage duration
Our team incorporates the collection of this information into our negotiations and litigation strategy to achieve the desired outcome. We also collaborate with other professionals, including financial planners and accountants, to ensure that clients are in the best financial position moving forward.
Frantz Ward is also equipped to evaluate, analyze, and establish income where a spouse is self-employed, unemployed or underemployed, may be concealing income through a business or related entity, or receives in-kind benefits through his or her employment, including non-traditional corporate compensation benefits. If necessary, we employ vocational experts and forensic accountants to determine “income” for purposes of calculating support. These experts can review employment histories and business ledgers, books, and records to impute or average income.