When a married couple decides to divorce, there are many issues that must be resolved before the divorce can be finalized. One of these issues is spousal support, also known as alimony. In general, spousal support is intended to help the less financially stable spouse maintain their standard of living after the divorce. The amount and duration of spousal support will vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case. There are some free online calculators for spousal support that can be found online.
There are some general guidelines that courts will use when making a determination. For example, courts will typically consider the length of the marriage, each spouse’s earning potential, and each spouse’s financial needs. If you are faced with the prospect of paying or receiving spousal support, it is important to consult with an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through the process. The factors for a spousal support calculation can be found here, under California Family Code Section 4320.
The court can order temporary spousal support or permanent spousal support. Temporary spousal support is support that is given during the marriage while the divorce process is in motion. Permanent spousal support is spousal support that is given after a marriage is terminated. Permanent in this context does not necessarily mean forever. Rather, the court looks to the California Family Code Section 4320 factors to determine the appropriate support award following dissolution.
Below we have provided a short F.A.Q. on spousal support.
Spousal Support FAQ
Spousal support, also known as alimony, is financial support that is paid from one spouse to another following a divorce.
The amount and duration of spousal support will vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case. However, there are some general guidelines that courts will use when making a determination.
If you are considering a divorce, it is important to have an understanding of the spousal support process in California. To learn more about how spousal support works in California and whether you might be eligible for it or want to contest it, call our offices today at (916) 704-3009 for a free consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys.
Yes, a spousal support can be modified when there is a substantial change in circumstance.
No, there is no difference between spousal support and alimony; the terms are synonymous and mean the same thing. However, the IRS uses the term “alimony” when you do your taxes.