Carlsbad Spousal Support Lawyer
Spousal support, also known as alimony, refers to financial payments a person is required to make to a former spouse following divorce or legal separation. In California, spousal support is typically based on the need for one party in the marriage to maintain their standard of living or income level. This support is not guaranteed in any divorce. If you wish to receive spousal support, you will need to petition the court during the legal process. The court will consider many factors related to your individual circumstances when determining an appropriate amount for spousal support payments.
At Davison Family Law, we can assist you in seeking or contesting spousal support in your divorce or legal separation. Spousal support may also be sought in a domestic violence restraining order. No matter the situation you are in, our family lawyer brings an abundance of experience, skill, and resources to your case. Attorney Davison can help you negotiate this matter. She is also a Certified Dispute Resolution practitioner who can guide you through mediation or can litigate your case before a family court judge.
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Spousal support is governed by California Family Code which includes all of the factors that can be considered in a court ordering this type of support. This type of support may be sought on a temporary or long-term basis. Temporary support may be awarded while your divorce is pending. More permanent orders may be issued that become effective when your divorce is concluded which will provide financial payments usually for a set amount of time.
Spouses may agree in writing between themselves that one will support the other for a certain monetary amount and for a certain time. Absent this, you must request spousal support if you wish to receive it as part of your divorce petition. You may still negotiate or mediate this issue even after filing. However, when you cannot agree on the terms, the judge will decide the issue based on the specific facts and circumstances of your situation.
Spousal support generally applies to cases where one spouse is financially disadvantaged and unable to maintain the lifestyle enjoyed during the marriage. An example of this would be when a spouse stayed home to care for the household and children, forgoing employment or the pursuit of a career. Generally, where a spouse seeks this type of support, the court will warn the proposed recipient to take good-faith steps to become self-supporting.
To encourage recipients to become financially independent, courts may impose various conditions in their spousal support orders. These can include required vocational evaluations and training, conditions that would terminate support, such as graduation from higher education or a vocational training program, decreases in payment amounts at scheduled intervals to further encourage recipients to become self-sufficient, and termination dates for when the support will end.
The factors courts may review when determining the amount and duration of spousal support can include:
- Income and earning potential of each spouse
- Length of marriage
- Standard of living established during the marriage
- Age, health, and financial needs of each spouse
- Tax consequences for each spouse
- Retirement benefits
- Contributions by one spouse to the career or education of the other
- Contributions by one spouse in household services and raising the family
- Balance of earning capabilities between spouses
If you need help seeking or contesting alimony, we highly recommend that you turn to Davison Family Law. With decades of experience and a dedication to helping you reach an agreement as painlessly and efficiently as possible, our Carlsbad spousal support lawyer is ready to provide the guidance you need.
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