Spousal Support / Alimony

Whether you are the payee or the payor, the services of a skilled divorce lawyer can be crucial in handling spousal support determinations. Our law firm has the experience to effectively represent and protect our clients in determining temporary spousal support during the initial phases of a legal separation or divorce proceeding, and establish permanent spousal support in a final judgment. To learn more about spousal support, contact our Riverside law firm, the Law Office of Heather Cullen. We have a second office location in Temecula.

Unlike child support, which is determined solely on the guidelines established by the State of California, spousal support is established with regard to many different factors, including the incomes and expenses of the parties. California's spousal support awards are usually very generous to the receiver. However, it is common for the receiver to be awarded a low end support award due to varying factors.

Our office is experienced in handling many different types of clients, from unemployed homemakers to self-employed business owners in complex support determinations.

Child support and spousal support are highly charged issues with long-term quality-of-life implications for all family members. We take the time to understand your unique set of circumstances, and to work out a plan that addresses your needs and goals. Please call our law firm for knowledgeable answers to your questions about support.

Advising Clients About Their Options in Support Cases

Matters of spousal support can become entwined with property division and child support. Paying or requesting spousal support is often used as a weapon in marital wars. We try to keep alimony separate from these other concerns and focus on the needs of the spouse requesting support and the ability of the other party to pay. The court also uses other factors such as health, age, education, and length of the marriage to make a determination. We advise clients of the probable outcome of support requests given these criteria used in their respective San Bernardino or Riverside County court.

In cases involving a request to modify an existing support order, one of the factors we review is whether the court issued a "Gavron" warning to the supported spouse thereby ordering the supported spouse to attempt to obtain employment to assist him/herself in maintaining his/her lifestyle without support. Gavron warnings are reminders by the court to the recipient spouse that they are expected to become self-supporting.

If the issue is temporary support to maintain the status quo during the separation period, permanent support ordered in the divorce judgment, or modification of an existing support order, we can talk with you about your rights and your options. Contact us at the Law Office of Heather Cullen to learn how we can help.