Do You Have Spousal Support Questions?
The task of sorting out the spousal support, also known as alimony, portion of your divorce settlement can be tremendously detailed work. There are questions as to the amount and durations of spousal support as well as tax and insurance-related questions that must be taken into account. However, you can rest assured that we are looking out for your best interests and will handle each aspect thoroughly in order to avoid surprises later on.
Our attorneys believe in a client-centered approach and have served people just like you for decades, both in the Pasadena area and throughout Southern California.
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When Do Courts Award Spousal Support?
In California, judges consider a variety of factors when determining spousal support payments. These include:
- How long the marriage lasted
- The earning power of each spouse, including reduced earnings because of domestic obligations
- The debts and assets of each spouse
- The couple’s standard of living during the marriage
- Each spouse’s age and physical health
- Other extenuating circumstances, such as domestic violence or undue financial hardship
Everyone’s situation is different, but the system is generally structured so that the more financially stable spouse will make payments to the less stable one until they can become self-supporting. These payments are usually not permanent, although they can be in some cases.
Can Spousal Support Be Changed?
Yes. Spousal support modifications can happen for a number of different reasons, including:
- A significant change in life circumstances
- An agreement between parties that is different from what was ordered in court
- An error in the ruling that adversely affected you
Acting on these situations requires an official request for support modification, which our lawyers can assist you with.
Let Us Join Your Team
When it comes to spousal support, it’s in your best interest to have an experienced legal team working on your behalf. Contact us for a free consultation to see how we can help. We are available by email or by phone: 626-802-4496.