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Under California law, spousal support (sometimes called alimony or spousal maintenance) is money paid by one spouse to the other before and after a divorce is finalized. In contrast to child support, no party is legally entitled to spousal support. Moreover, spousal support is not calculated using a preset statutory formula. Although the law requires the court to consider numerous factors in rendering its decision, whether or not the court awards spousal support is within its discretion.
Spousal support disputes over spousal support can be complicated, so it is important to have a savvy Orange County alimony attorney on your side. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, have more than 30 years of experience helping clients resolve even the most complex spousal support disputes, including those involving high-income spousal support.
Our attorneys often negotiate a property division settlement that renders a spousal support award unnecessary in order to help clients avoid the uncertainty of a court battle. However, we will tenaciously advocate for our client's interests at trial if the other party is not willing to agree to a fair settlement.
Our Orange County alimony lawyers have decades of experience representing parties throughout Orange County and Riverside County, California, who are both requesting and opposing spousal support awards. Contact us to schedule a consultation.
Newport Beach Spousal Support Lawyers
Temporary Spousal Support
The intention of temporary spousal support is to preserve the family's standard of living during the divorce process. A party may request temporary spousal support by filing a motion with the court at the time of separation.
Permanent Spousal Support
If you have been married for 10 or more years, the court may choose to award permanent spousal support. Such spousal support continues until the death or remarriage of the supported spouse, or until a substantial change in circumstances merits a modification of the spousal support order.
Many factors are involved in awarding permanent spousal support, including:
- The duration of the marriage
- The ability of one spouse to pay the other
- The age and health of each spouse
- The earning potential of each spouse
- The tax consequences for each spouse
- Whether one party lost earning potential due to time spent raising children
- Whether one party contributed to the other party's education or professional license
- The length of time that spousal support is needed
- A history of domestic violence between the parties
Contact Our Laguna Beach, California, Temporary Spousal Support Attorneys
To learn more about spousal support in California, please contact The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC, at 714-602-1492 to schedule a consultation with a Newport Beach spousal support attorney.