When a couple divorces or legally separates, the court may order one spouse to pay the other spousal support, otherwise known as alimony. As the court has tremendous discretion in these matters, it is in your best interests to have an experienced San Diego spousal support attorney by your side. Contact Scott & Matteson Family Law for the dedicated legal advocacy you need.
As stated by California Courts, the judicial branch of state government, spousal support is a difficult legal issue and your best course of action is to consult with an attorney before proceeding. Our experienced family lawyers can develop effective case strategies, negotiate skillfully on your behalf, and fight for your rights in court, if necessary.
For temporary spousal support, judges generally use a standard formula to calculate the amounts. Courts in different counties may use slightly different factors. In making its determination, the court must consider California Family Code Section 4320. The standard formula is not used by the courts to determine permanent spousal support.
The court will consider a number of factors before issuing a final spousal support order, including:
As a general rule, for marriages that have lasted less than 10 years, spousal support will continue for half the length of the marriage. However, the court may not set a duration for spousal support for a marriage that lasted many years. The burden is on the party who pays alimony to prove that it is no longer necessary at some point in the future. The courts very rarely favor lifelong spousal support.
Spousal support is a complex legal issue over which the court has a great deal of discretion. This aspect of divorce can have a significant impact on your future financial circumstances, whether you are the party paying or receiving alimony. Call Scott and Matteson today to ensure your interests are well represented in a spousal support matter.