Spousal Support

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.

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