If you are going through a divorce, you will be dealing with many issues and there may be a need for one spouse to have spousal maintenance, or alimony, to the other. Regardless of whether you should be paying or receiving spousal maintenance, you need to have a skilled attorney by your side to help. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, our Westlake spousal support attorneys will work to ensure you are treated fairly throughout this process.
Protecting your rights in court-ordered obligations
Understanding spousal support, commonly called alimony, can be complicated. Unlike child support, there is no official calculator to use when determining spousal support payment amounts, and judges have wide discretion in these situations.
In the aftermath of a marriage, one party may find themselves in a less than desirable financial situation. This happens particularly when one spouse was economically dependent on the other during the course of a marriage. A variety of factors will be taken into consideration when determining how much spousal support will be paid. This can include:
- The duration of the marriage
- How much education each spouse has
- The financial and living situation of both parties
- The lifestyle that both parties were used to during the marriage
Different types of spousal support in California
- Temporary Alimony could be ordered to be paid only while the divorce is ongoing. This type of alimony will transition to another type of alimony or stop altogether when the divorce is finalized.
- Rehabilitative Alimony could be required to help the spouse of lesser means transition to a self-sustaining career and could include paying for vocational or college classes. Typically, rehabilitative alimony ends after a specified amount of time.
- Permanent Alimony is a form of spousal maintenance that is typically paid on a monthly basis. This type of alimony is much more likely to be required for marriages that lasted 10 years or more and will end if the receiving spouse remarries or if either spouse dies.
- Lump-Sum Alimony means that a larger, one-time payment is made to the spouse of lesser means in lieu of monthly payments.
As the lives of both spouses change after the divorce, it may be necessary to modify the type and amount of alimony paid. This could be due to job or income losses/increases or a change in the living situation of one or both spouses. Modifications must be petitioned for through the California family court system.
Let us ensure you are treated fairly
If you are going through a divorce, there is a chance spousal maintenance will be required. Maybe you should be receiving alimony. You may be required to pay alimony to your former spouse. Regardless of the situation, you should be treated fairly by the court. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, our Westlake Village spousal support attorneys are here to help. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 818-237-4574.