Spousal Support in Temecula
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When a couple chooses to divorce, they must find a new way to live their separate lives independent, of one another. For some people, this may mean finding a new job, a new place to live, and making other huge adjustments that may not be financially supportable on their own. When married, every couple finds their own way to make their life together work, which sometimes means one spouse is the main bread winner while the other stays at home. In situations like these, when the earning power of each spouse is so off-balance, spousal support may be granted. If you are getting divorced and you are seeking support or being asked to provide it, our divorce lawyer can help.
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About Spousal Support
Also called alimony, spousal support is the payment from one former spouse to another. The amount paid and the duration of the payments is either decided in court or agreed upon by both spouses. California is a no-fault state, meaning a couple does not need a reason to be divorced, which also means it is not possible to use spousal support as a punishment for misdeeds. For example, if one spouse was unfaithful and the marriage ended, the unfaithful spouse would not be asked to pay alimony because he or she supposedly caused the divorce. Rather, the whole point of spousal support is to ensure both couples are able to maintain a reliable standard of living after their divorce.
The following factors may influence how support payments will be determined:
- The duration of the marriage
- The earning capacity of each spouse
- The income of each spouse
- The mental, physical, and emotional health and stability of each spouse
Each of these factors can play a key role in determining how much spousal support will be awarded to the deserving party. If for example, a couple was married for 20 years and one spouse stayed home with the couple’s children during that time, his or her earning capacity will be much lower than that of the other spouse. This will likely result in the financially supportive spouse paying alimony after the divorce.
Types of Spousal Support in California
In the state of California, there are two different types of spousal support, temporary and permanent. Temporary support may be paid while the couple, or the courts, are reaching an agreement on the permanent support. This is sometimes necessary if the spouse receiving support has no other financial means. Permanent support is ordered for an indefinitely period of time, though it may be altered depending on changing financial situations of either party.
Modifying Spousal Support
There are many instances in which spousal support may be modified or altogether ended. If the person paying support is terminated or otherwise experiences a drastic change in income, he or she may request a change or a temporary pause in payments. If the person being awarded support payments remarries he or she will no longer be eligible to receive spousal support.
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While it is important to be prepared and know the facts about spousal support, every divorce is different and it is crucial that you discuss your situation with a lawyer. At Camarata Law we will offer personalized legal counsel to better guide you through the important aspects of your divorce.
Contact Camarata Law for more information about spousal support, or to discuss your case with a divorce lawyer, today!