During a marriage, the two parties experience a certain quality of life that may not be able to be replicated after the divorce. If one spouse is the sole provider, while the other stayed home to take care of the home and family, the homemaker may find it difficult to provide for themselves after the divorce. This is where spousal support comes in.
Spousal support, also known as alimony, is payment one spouse receives from another to maintain a standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. The general understanding is that divorce should not impoverish any one party. That is why one party may be required to provide either a large lump sum, or continual payments to help maintain their ex’s well-being.
Many factors go into determining who pays spousal support. The court will closely examine each spouse’s income and earning capacity. They will also look at the duties of each party during the marriage.
Spousal support is awarded in the event of the following:
Generally, it is better if the divorcing parties can amicably agree upon spousal support, however that is rarely the case. Such matters can quickly become fraught with tension and resentment. A qualified divorce attorney or family law specialisit can help you navigate such a process.
An experienced divorce attorney can review your case and protect your needs. At Westover Law Group, we do just that. We have a family law specialist on our team, who extensively studied divorce laws in California. We practice solely in family law in Southern California. This allows us insight into the nuances of the laws surrounding the issue.
Because of our dedication to our clients, we have received a 10.0 rating on Avvo. We are also AV Preeminent® rated. To learn how we can help your case, contact our Murrieta spousal support lawyers today!
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