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Spousal support or alimony or partner support (domestic relations) is typically ordered when spouses or domestic partners separate. With the help of a spousal support attorney, the court will order one spouse to pay the other a set amount per month. Typically, spousal support can be ordered at two different phases in a case: Once when the parties initially separate or what is termed “temporary spousal support”; and a second time generally at the time of trial, or what is called “permanent spousal support”. However, before temporary spousal support can be ordered, there must be a court case negotiated by a Los Angeles alimony lawyer. Someone must hire a domestic partnership attorney to file for a Dissolution, Legal Separation, or Nullity of Marriage on your behalf.

How Is Spousal Support Calculated?

When calculating temporary spousal support, Courts typically rely on a computer program to calculate the amount of spousal support. With permanent spousal support, the Courts are prohibited from using the computer program and instead must analyze California Family Code, Section 4320, factors, of which there are about a ten, in order to determine two details: 1) the amount of financial assistance from one party to the other and 2) what length of time that assistance should be paid.

Factors Involved In Determining Spousal Support

  • The length of the marriage or domestic partnership
  • The party’s needs based on the standard of living they had during the marriage or domestic partnership
  • Income of the parties (including earning capacity)
  • Whether a job would impact the care of the children
  • Parties’ age and health
  • The debts and property of each
  • Did one party help the other obtain an education, training, career, or professional license?
  • Was there domestic violence perpetrated against one party by the other?
  • Was one party’s career affected by unemployment or care for the children?
  • Is there a tax impact?

Once permanent spousal support in California is ordered to change that amount or duration, one party must show a change of circumstances, such as unemployment, a change in income of either party, a lack of effort by one party to obtain employment, or even child support terminating for children who are out of child support. Typically, the support will terminate when the Judgment or Order states when either spouse dies, or if the spouse receiving the support remarries or enters into a new domestic partnership.

Protect Your Rights With Help From A Spousal Support Lawyer

For an initial consultation to discuss key financial aspects of your divorce or other support-related issues, call or email The Reape-Rickett Law Firm today. To get in touch and schedule an initial consultation with one of our best spousal support attorneys, call our office at (888) 851-1611 or email the firm.


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