What is Spousal Support?
Many complex legal decisions emerge from divorce proceedings. From child custody to the division of property, many elements of the separating couple’s life must be decided upon. It is no wonder, then, that questions are common throughout the proceedings. One topic that some couples must understand and agree upon is spousal support, also known as alimony. In California, spousal support is paid by a spouse if one of the partners makes significantly less than the other.
Establishing the terms of spousal support can be confusing and is at the discretion of a court judge. In the case of a divorce, it is best to enlist legal guidance to help you understand the dense California divorce laws. At [firm-name], our lawyers are prepared to protect your legal rights during your divorce case.
Factors that Influence the Terms of Spousal Support
Under the California Family Code, there are many factors that affect the terms of the spousal support contract set by the judge. These factors include:
- Standard of living for both parties as established during marriage
- Duration of the marriage
- Ability to pay spousal support
- Tax consequences
- Child custody
- Other specifics of the marital situation
The judge examines these elements of the situation in order to determine what is fair and equitable for both parties.
Consult with a California Spousal Support Lawyer
Whether you are going to be paying or receiving spousal support, having a lawyer experienced in divorce law can be invaluable to the protection of your legal rights. The lawyers at [firm-name] understand that the divorce process can be lengthy and stressful. Our goal is to make the process as quick and favorable as possible for our clients. Call [phone-number] today to speak to a skilled California divorce lawyer.