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How Does Divorce Affect Social Security Benefits

Most Americans probably know that the Social Security Administration sends out annual statements that can assist pre-retirees in estimating their…

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How Does A Court Determine The Amounts To Be Paid For Temporary Spousal Support

As Opposed to Permanent Spousal Support First, it must be noted that Courts have broad discretion to fashion spousal support…

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Getting Spousal Support For Life (Or At Least Until Retirement)

After a 37 year marriage, Dr. Gordon Reynolds was ordered to pay his wife Polly, the sum of $5,500.00 per…

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Determining Support: Do We Use Earning Capacity Or Actual Earnings?

It is sometimes an issue in dissolution actions whether or not support, be it child support or spousal support, should…

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Determining Spousal Support When There is Severance Pay

Spousal support and Child support is often set based on the payor spouse’s base or guaranteed income. Any additional income…

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Defining Spousal Support (Formerly Known as Alimony)

Spousal Support and Alimony are interchangeable terms, with “alimony” being a more dated, less-used term.   Many people are unclear…

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Can A Spouse’s Failure To Become Self Supporting Warrant A Modification Of Support?

Clients who are paying spousal support often become frustrated if it appears that their exspouse has taken no efforts to…

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Am I Entitled To Spousal Support?

California Family Code, Section 4320, sets forth the circumstances necessary to determine if and for how long a spouse may…

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WHAT DOES “WHEN” MEAN?

This article comments upon the recent Court decision in the case of In re Marriage of Schu (2014), Cal.App.4th [No….

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High Support Obligation + Weakening Economy = Likely Reduction of Your Support Obligation

Recently, there just hasn’t been any good news for the economic status of our nation. The latest news on inflation…

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