Spousal Support

Divorce can impact couples in many different ways. Perhaps there is one spouse who is the primary wage earner and the other spouse is the homemaker. This can result in a lot of uncertainty, leaving one or the other in fear regarding how their finances will work out in the end. 

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is the financial support that a person is required to give their ex-spouse during separation or after a divorce. Like many family lawyer matters, spousal support in California can be quite complex. Whether you are seeking support or you are the one who is likely responsible to pay it, it is imperative that you have a knowledgeable spousal support lawyer on your side to ensure a favorable result.

At LLM Family Law, our team of family law attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience. We are extremely skilled in providing legal representation and guidance for those in need of a competent family lawyer.

If you are in need of a dedicated attorney who can provide you with the best counsel possible for your legal needs, contact us for a consultation.

How Much Spousal Support Will I Receive or Have to Pay?

The amount of “temporary” spousal support (i.e., spousal support pending the divorce decree) that is paid is often determined by a mathematical formula based largely on each party’s income. However, there is no formula for determining “permanent” spousal support (i.e., spousal support ordered in the divorce decree). Instead, the amount of permanent spousal support is based on several statutory factors, including:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The paying spouse’s ability to pay spousal support
  • The needs of each spouse based on the standard of living during the marriage
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity
  • Each spouse’s age and health
  • Evidence of domestic violence
  • And more

How Long Will I Receive or Have to Pay Spousal Support?

If a marriage lasts less than 10 years, the general rule is that spousal support will last half the length of marriage.

If a marriage lasts longer than 10 years, then the marriage is considered to be of “long duration,” which means that the court may not set a definite termination date for spousal support. However, this does not necessarily mean that a spouse receiving spousal support after a long-term marriage will continue to receive spousal support for the rest of their life.

What if My Former Spouse Gets Remarried or One of Us Dies?

Unless otherwise agreed to by the spouses, spousal support will end when the supported spouse remarries, or when either party dies. Other circumstances may permit the court to reduce or terminate (or occasionally increase) spousal support.

Contact Us to Speak to a Spousal Support Attorney

If you are in need of a highly experienced spouse support lawyer, you can count on our team at LLM Family Law to provide you with exceptional legal representation and guidance. We understand that dealing with a divorce is never easy, but we are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us to speak to a spousal support lawyer.

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