How is the amount of spousal support determined in California

By |2022-03-30T17:46:29+00:0028 Jul 2019|Categories: Divorce|

If you plan to seek spousal support (alimony) in your divorce or your spouse is seeking it, that’s obviously something that’s on your mind. However, the amount of support generally isn’t determined until after you’ve worked out the division of your assets.

Spousal support is intended to help prevent the spouse who earns less money or who doesn’t earn an income at all from being unduly impacted financially by the divorce. Often, one spouse will receive what’s called “rehabilitative” alimony until they’re able to get the training or job experience they need to adequately support themselves. In some instances, a court may order “permanent” alimony that continues until the recipient spouse remarries or dies.

Spouses may be able to work out a spousal support agreement on their own, with the help of their attorneys. If they’re unable to do that, a judge will need to determine the amount and length of alimony payments. Under California law, they will consider things like:

A spousal support order may involve more than a monthly payment (or even an upfront lump-sum payment). For example, it might require the paying spouse to have a life insurance and/or disability insurance policy that will protect the recipient spouse if anything happens to their ex.

There are a lot of things to consider if you are seeking spousal support. You want to do whatever you can to help ensure that you’ll get the support you need for as long as you need it.

Both spouses also have the option to seek a modification to the support order when circumstances change. Your attorney can advise you regarding whether your changed circumstances or that of your former spouse may qualify for a modification in support payments.

About the Author:

Dorie Anne Rogers - The Law Offices of Dorie A. Rogers, APC
Dorie A. Rogers, a Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California, has been an attorney since 1981 with an exclusive family law practice located in Orange County. She is accepting dissolution cases with support and property issues including the use of forensics to ascertain business value, community interests and to establish monthly case flow analysis. Ms. Rogers has substantial experience in high conflict custody litigation involving sophisticated psychological issues. She drafts premarital and postmarital agreement designed to define and establish parties' separate and community property interests. Paternity cases and domestic violence matters are considered part of her practice. Ms. Rogers is a court-approved and court-appointed to represent minor children.Ms. Rogers consults with individuals concerned about entering or exiting a relationship. She advises effective strategies for dissolution or premarital planning. Knowledge is power and good planning affords better results.Specialties: Family Law Specialist, Certified by the State Bar of California
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