Whether you're seeking spousal support, contesting a spousal support request, or seeking to modify a spousal support order, a spousal support dispute can be extremely stressful.
You need the right guidance, for your family and for your personal finances.
Our spousal support clients include men and women across Los Angeles. They all share the same fundamental desire: to achieve familial, financial, and emotional stability.
How spousal support is calculated in California
In a California divorce, a family law court may order one spouse to pay the other a specified amount of money on a regular basis, usually monthly. These payments are called “spousal support," commonly known as “alimony” or "spousal maintenance."
While the case in still in progress, such payments are called "temporary spousal support."
Divorcing spouses can negotiate an agreement about temporary or final spousal support. They can agree on the amount and duration of payments, if any.
If the spouses cannot reach an agreement, a California Superior Court judge will decide.
In Los Angeles, judges typically use a formula to determine monthly spousal support. The formula is often referred to as "guideline spousal support," or "Dissomaster spousal support."
This formula uses a variety of financial factors, including each spouse's income. A skilled attorney can argue to have this amount either raised or lowered depending on the situation.
When making a final spousal support order, a judge may not simply apply the guideline formula. Instead, the judge will use the factors listed in Section 4320 of the California Family Code. Some factors include:
Length of the marriage,
Needs of each spouse based on the marital standard of living,
The earning capacity of each spouse,
Marketable skills of each spouse, the job market for those skills,
The age and health of each spouse,
Whether one spouse's career was affected by caring for the parties' children or home,
Whether the relationship involved domestic violence, and more.
It's critical to have a prepared, smart, creative attorney when negotiating spousal support or presenting these issues to a judge.
There may only be one, or very few opportunities, to present your case to the court and it is imperative you have the right spousal support attorney on your side.
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