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Spousal Support in California

Welcome to the Cullen Family Law Group‘s guide on spousal support in California. Our experienced family law attorneys are here to provide you with comprehensive information on this important legal topic.

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a legal obligation for one spouse to provide financial support to the other after a divorce or separation. The goal of spousal support is to help the lower-earning spouse maintain a similar standard of living to what they enjoyed during the marriage.

Types of Spousal Support

In California, there are two main types of spousal support:

  1. Temporary Spousal Support

Temporary spousal support is paid during the divorce process and aims to maintain the financial status quo until a final settlement is reached. This type of support is calculated using a formula that considers both parties’ incomes, needs, and other relevant factors.

  1. Permanent Spousal Support

Permanent spousal support is ordered after the divorce is finalized. The court considers a range of factors to determine the amount and duration of permanent support, including:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity and income
  • Contributions to the marriage, both financial and non-financial
  • Health and age of both spouses
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Any history of domestic violence

Factors Affecting Spousal Support

Several factors influence the court’s decision regarding spousal support:

  1. Income and Earning Capacity

The court evaluates both spouses’ incomes, earning potential, and ability to become self-supporting. This assessment includes factors such as education, work experience, and job opportunities.

  1. Standard of Living

Maintaining the standard of living established during the marriage is a key consideration. The court aims to ensure that the supported spouse can continue living in a similar manner.

  1. Marital Contributions

Contributions made by each spouse to the marriage, such as homemaking, child-rearing, and supporting the other spouse’s career, are taken into account.

  1. Health and Age

The physical and emotional health of both spouses, as well as their ages, play a role in determining spousal support.

Modifying Spousal Support

Circumstances can change after a spousal support order is issued. If there’s a significant change in either spouse’s financial situation, health, or other relevant factors, it may be possible to request a modification of the support order.

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Navigating spousal support matters can be complex, but you don’t have to go through it alone. The Cullen Family Law Group is here to provide expert legal guidance tailored to your unique situation. Contact us today for a consultation.