Spousal support – also referred to as alimony in California – can be a contentious and difficult part of divorce. Each case is unique, and a judge will consider a wide array of factors.
You may be dealing with a dispute over support, have reason to modify support payments, or you just want to ask questions about your situation.
When you need skilled representation in a spousal support case, contact The Law Offices of Silky Sahnan for prompt, smart, and effective legal counsel. Our law office is easily accessible to clients throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
When Can You Ask for Partner Support or Spousal Support in California?
If you have filed for divorce, legal separation, an annulment, or a domestic violence restraining order, you may request spousal or domestic partner support.
Temporary Spousal Support: Spousal or partner support to be paid while your case is open in the court. For temporary spousal or partner support, a formula generally is used to calculate the amount.
Family Code section 4320 factors include:
- The length of the marriage or domestic partnership
- What financial support each person needs based on the standard of living they had during the marriage or domestic partnership
- What each person pays or is able to pay (including earnings and earning capacity) to maintain the standard of living the couple had during the marriage or domestic partnership
- Whether being employed would interfere with caring for the children
- The age and health of both people
- Debts and property
- Whether one spouse or domestic partner helped the other obtain an education, training, career, or professional license during the marriage or domestic partnership
- Whether there was domestic violence in the marriage or domestic partnership
- Whether one spouse’s or domestic partner’s career was affected by unemployment or because the individual had primary responsibility for caring for the children or the home
- The tax impact of spousal support
Permanent Spousal Support: Support ordered once the divorce or legal separation becomes final, as part of the final divorce or separation judgment. For a permanent spousal or partner support order, the court must consider the factors specified in California Family Code section 4320.
Know Your Options for Paying or Seeking Alimony / Spousal Support in California
Are disagreements over spousal support delaying your California divorce? Do you have questions about seeking or paying spousal support or partner support? Call us now so we can assist you: 888-228-1098
I will equip you with the facts you need to know that will lead to smart, reliable, and forward-thinking decisions about your future. This includes the many factors that courts consider when deciding suitable levels of spousal support. Every situation is different and should be looked at thoroughly by a skilled family law attorney.
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