California readers may be familiar with the comedy troupe, Monty Python. One of their founding members is the actor and comedian, John Cleese. The famed actor has appeared in many movies over the past several decades. Now, he is in the news for another reason: his divorce.
Infidelity is a frequent reason for divorce, but rarely is it ever taken into consideration by the courts when the non-cheating spouse tries to get spousal support. In a no-fault divorce state like California, the courts are not interested in which side is to blame. However, spouses who wish to factor cheating into the divorce settlement may have better luck outside of court. For those who did not draft a pre- or postnuptial agreement with an infidelity clause, there are a couple other options to consider.
Traditionally, in California as elsewhere, it was the man who earned the higher income in most families. This fact often led to payments for child support and spousal maintenance to the wife in divorce situations as she was the one traditionally responsible for taking care of the children and maintaining the home. These payments could last for years in some cases, depending on factors such as the work history of the wife and the length of the marriage.
Many divorced individuals in Riverside understand the complexities of spousal support. Generally, there are two ways to look at alimony. First is from the payor's perspective. The spouse who earned more during the marriage may be required to pay a former partner monthly spousal support for as long as a judge orders. In some cases, lifetime alimony can be ordered. While some feel that alimony is not always warranted, those who receive it likely have a different opinion. Perhaps they didn't work during a marriage and now have to find a job with little experience to include on their resumes.