What is Spousal Support?
When a couple legally separates or divorces, the court may order one spouse to pay the other a certain amount of support each month. This is called “spousal support” for married couples and “partner support” in domestic partnerships. It is sometimes also called “alimony.”
In the state of California, a judge uses the length of time a marriage lasted to determine how long the receiving spouse will receive alimony. If the couple was married for 10 years or longer, the court may award alimony for a specific period of time. In some cases, a spouse may be ordered to pay alimony until the recipient dies or remarries.
Several factors determine the awarding of alimony. Review these steps to assist you in the process:
- Provide proof that your spouse’s income far exceeded yours throughout the course of the marriage.
- Demonstrate an inability for whatever reason for you to obtain work that will sufficiently cover your expenses.
- If your financial standing or living conditions will be drastically and negatively altered without alimony, make this clear to the judge.
Experienced Stockton Spousal Support Attorney
Spousal support can be a very complicated matter. It is crucial to have an experienced spousal support attorney representing your best interests. Before moving forward with your divorce, we recommend taking advantage of our consultation options with our spousal support experts.
If you have questions regarding your divorce process contact Stockton Spousal Support Attorney Erica Bansmer. Call 209-474-2400us today for a CONSULTATION or Email us in the form on the right of the page.