Spousal Support (Alimony)
Spousal support (AKA alimony) is a common issue when one spouse earns significantly more than the other. Typically, support is ordered to enable the lower-income spouse to maintain their standard of living until they can get back on their feet. The length of marriage also plays a factor in a spousal support case. If the parties were married over ten years the Court may order support for an indefinite period. If married under ten years the support will likely have a set termination date. It’s not always a given that a party will receive support.
Unlike child support, there is no ‘guideline’ amount for spousal support. The Court will examine various factors to make this determination. A lengthy list of the factors that may be considered are found in Family Code § 4320.
If you are going through a divorce, you need an attorney that is experienced with spousal support. Our attorneys have litigated many spousal support issues and are well versed in the applicable law.