What is the relationship between alimony and a monetary award?

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Question: What is the relationship between alimony and a monetary
award?

Answer: Michigan courts have said that alimony and a monetary award are
“significantly interrelated and largely inseparable,” but that a
monetary award is not a “form of nor substitute for” alimony. In
other words, the court must consider the two issues together in
order to achieve a fair result.

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