Going through a divorce is a difficult experience for various reasons, but one of the most trying aspects of a divorce is working out spousal support payments, also called alimony. Spousal support payments are the amount of money one spouse must pay the other in the event of a legal separation or divorce.
The amount, along with the length of time the payments will continue, can be difficult to calculate. Often, a judge must make a determination. Hiring a family law attorney is an important step to ensure that your interests are looked after and the judge hears your concerns regarding alimony payments.
Below, we’ve outlined the major elements of California alimony laws.
To start spousal payments, a court case must be established. This usually happens when you file the initial paperwork for divorce. At this point, you can request temporary spousal payments. The court will use a formula to calculate how much the temporary payments will be.
For the final spousal support payments to be ordered, the judge uses the following factors in determining the amount:
Under certain circumstances, spousal support payments can be altered at a later time. Perhaps the paying spouse has had a substantial decrease in income or the receiving spouse is not making any efforts to secure employment. Your California family attorney can assist you with getting alimony payments altered.
Hopefully, some of your questions regarding California alimony laws have been answered. If you have additional questions or would like to discuss your options with a California family law attorney, call the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock. We offer a case review when you complete our contact form below or call us at 909-466-7661.