In law there are certain phrases and buzz words that lawyers and Judges frequently use. In family law cases with minor children you often hear the goal of the judicial system is to decide issues that result in what is in the best interest of the children. When seeking spousal support, it is often said that the award should be one that allows the party to maintain the standard of living to which they’ve become accustomed. But what exactly does this mean, and why is it important?
A Huffington News Report offers insight on the standard of living concept and why it should not be overlooked:
● Determining the lifestyle or standard of living to which a party seeking support is used to lays the groundwork for future modifications. It is difficult for the Court to make changes later without a starting point.
● Knowing what a party is used to, or expects, allows the Court to set a limit on what it awards. It would be unreasonable to provide for support payments significantly over an amount your ex is accustomed to in their daily life. Having a history of expectations can give the Court a framework within which to work.
Knowing what to expect provides comfort and familiarity. This is important in a divorce because things are changing. Having any mechanism in place that provides for consistency in the case can make all the difference in your confidence when stepping in the Courtroom and facing your ex. Our team of legal professionals knows how to determine your standard of living, and how to advocate for a determination that is accurate.
For more information about divorce, and why the standard of living theory is important, call our office today. We listen to the facts of your case and give you accurate answers to your most important questions. The first visit is at a onetime flat fee. Call a qualified family law attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast to schedule an appointment.