Finances seem to be an issue for just about everyone — especially if you are going from a married lifestyle to a single one. Establishing a new home and starting over after a marriage requires money. If you have been a stay-at-home parent, you may find yourself suddenly back in the workforce and not making the income you did before you had children.
At Camarata & Fuller, LLP, we understand that there are cases where spousal support – also known as alimony – is needed after a dissolution. Whether it is a five-year period while you get back on your feet or permanent maintenance based on a long-term marriage, we will work to ensure that you have the means to move onto your new life.
What Is Spousal Support?
Spousal support, also known as alimony or spousal maintenance, is a legal obligation in some jurisdictions where one spouse or former spouse provides financial support to the other spouse following a divorce or separation. The purpose of spousal support is to ensure that both spouses maintain a reasonable standard of living after the marriage ends, especially when there is a significant income disparity between them or one spouse has been financially dependent on the other during the marriage.
Spousal support can be ordered by a court or agreed upon by the divorcing or separating spouses through a mutual agreement. The amount and duration of spousal support payments can vary widely and are typically determined based on factors such as:
- The length of the marriage or relationship.
- Each spouse's income and earning potential.
- The standard of living during the marriage.
- The financial needs and obligations of each spouse.
- The age and health of each spouse.
- The contributions each spouse made to the marriage (e.g., homemaking, caregiving).
- Any other relevant factors as determined by local laws.
Spousal support can be temporary or long-term, depending on the circumstances of the case. It can take various forms, such as periodic payments or a lump-sum payment, and can be modifiable or non-modifiable, meaning it can be adjusted under certain conditions or remain fixed.
The specific laws and regulations governing spousal support vary from one jurisdiction to another, so it's essential to consult with a alimony attorney in your area if you have questions or concerns about spousal support in your situation.
How Is Spousal Support Determined?
The primary purpose of alimony is to avoid unfair economic impacts due to a divorce. A spouse in California who was married fewer than 10 years generally can expect alimony for no more than half of the length of the marriage. Those married more than 10 years will receive an indefinite support order, though indefinite does not necessarily mean permanent.
When determining alimony payments, the court may consider factors such as:
- Each partner’s age, health, and financial condition
- Job skills and income of the recipient
- The needs of the recipient in maintaining the standard of living they enjoyed while married
- Recipient’s career training or further education
Whether you are fighting to avoid or to receive spousal support, the Temecula alimony attorneys at Camarata & Fuller are ready to represent you in court. By taking the time to get to know you and understand your goals, we are able to offer personalized and effective legal support.
You Deserve High-Quality Legal Services
Going through a divorce is stressful enough – allow our team to take on the legal work for you so that you can focus on your future and your family. Camarata & Fuller is highly accessible, available 24/7 to address your concerns and answer your questions.
We have what it takes to fight for your rights and your best interests while negotiating spousal support payments. With over 40 years of combined experience, our divorce lawyers are prepared to help you navigate this journey.
Give us a call at (951) 225-1540 to get started on your case.
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