In California, a temporary spousal support order is generally based on a specific state formula and considers the income of both spouses and the ability of the higher earning spouse to pay. A temporary order generally applies only during the divorce and may be ordered along with child support.
A permanent spousal support order occurs with the dissolution of a marriage. The length of your marriage will usually determine how long you will receive or pay spousal support. In California, permanent spousal support will typically last for one half of the duration of a marriage of 10 years or less. For longer marriages, determining the duration and amount of spousal support is much more complicated.