Spousal Support & Alimony

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Corona Spousal Support Attorney

What Is Spousal Support?

In many cases, the judge orders one spouse to pay spousal support to the other spouse so that he or she may maintain the standard of living enjoyed throughout the marriage. Support is paid while one spouse works to become self-sufficient. The idea seems simple in theory, but is complex in practice. Questions commonly arise, such as how much am I going to be ordered to pay? How much am I going to receive?

The decision to award spousal support and the amount awarded is solely within the court’s discretion, considering the following factors:

  • Ability of each party to earn an income
  • Standard of living enjoyed in the marriage
  • Duration of the marriage
  • Financial contributions made by each party in the marriage

Spousal support can be either temporary or permanent.

A temporary order is obtained by the spouse who needs financial assistance while the divorce is still ongoing. The judge will make a decision for support based on the need of that party, hinging on the other party’s capacity to pay. Permanent spousal support is awarded in cases where one spouse is not likely to gain earning capacity in the future.

Modifying Spousal Support

When either party has experienced a significant change of circumstances following divorce (after months or years have passed), it may be time to revisit existing spousal support determinations.

Reasons for seeking an alimony modification include:

  • Change in income of either party
  • Change in paying spouse’s ability to pay spousal support
  • Change in financial needs of alimony-receiving spouse
  • Change in marital status

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