During a marriage, the two parties experience a certain quality of life that may be difficult to replicate after the divorce. If one spouse is the sole financial provider, while the other stayed home to take care of the home and family, the homemaker may find it difficult to self-provide 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 lump sum or continual payments to help maintain the other party’s standard of living or well-being.
If you have questions about paying or receiving support, contact Westover Law Group in Murrieta today. You can schedule a free consultation with an experienced spousal support attorney by calling 951-894-8440.
Factors Affecting Spousal Support In California
Many factors must be considered to determine who pays spousal support. The court will closely examine each spouse’s income and earning capacity. The court will also look at each party’s duties during the marriage.
Under California Family Code 4320, the court may consider the following when determining spousal support:
- Duration of the marriage
- Each party’s educational background and skills
- Financial debt and obligations of each party
- Quality of life enjoyed in the marriage
- The needs of each party to sustain the quality of life enjoyed during the marriage
- Age and health of each party
Generally, it is better if the divorcing parties can amicably agree upon spousal support, but often that does not happen. Such matters can quickly become fraught with tension and resentment. An experienced family law attorney at Westover Law Group can help you navigate these matters in a way that helps to protect your best interests.
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To speak with a skilled and dedicated lawyer about your spousal support concerns, call us in Murrieta at 951-894-8440 or contact us via email. We advise and represent clients in Riverside, San Diego and San Bernardino counties, as well as Camp Pendleton.