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Spousal Support in California

Divorce - July 29, 2020

Spousal Support in California

One of the most significant issues that is negotiated or litigated in any California divorce is the payment of spousal support, or alimony, from one spouse to the other. California recognizes multiple types of spousal support that may be ordered while the divorce case is ongoing and after the divorce is finalized. If you would like to speak with an expert in California alimony and divorce law about the types of alimony which may be ordered in your case, call or contact the Simpson Law Group​ today to schedule a case evaluation.

Temporary Spousal Support

Temporary spousal support is generally ordered while the divorce process is ongoing to helpsupport a spouse with his or her daily expenses and to maintain the parties’ standard of living. Itis a way to maintain the “status quo” while the divorce case is pending. Temporary spousalsupport generally lasts until the dissolution case is finalized, at which time long-term or“permanent” spousal support is put in place

Long-term of “Permanent” Spousal Support

Long-term of “permanent” spousal support is usually of indefinite duration. In California, if a marriage lasts ten years or more, the court does not have the ability to terminate spousal support at the trial court level. This means that if you are married more than ten years in California, spousal support could continue, and may be likely to continue, after the divorce is finalized. Although this type of support is sometimes referred to as “permanent” spousal support, it does not mean that a spouse will continue to receive alimony for the rest of his or her life. Spousal support which is long-term, or “permanent”, can be modified by the court based upon a showing of change of circumstances such as the retirement of the payor spouse, the parties’ decreased needs for support moving forward, and other circumstances.

A number of factors are considered when determining whether permanent alimony is appropriate, including the length of the marriage, the age of the spouses, the capacity to reenter the workforce, the time which a spouse devoted during the marriage to domestic duties, and more. These factors are set forth in ​Family Code​ Section 4320.

Lump Sum Spousal Support

Another concept related to spousal support is known as lump sum spousal support. Under this scenario, instead of receiving spousal support payments on a monthly basis, the supported spouse would receive a one-time, lump sum payment from the payor spouse. This is often referred to as a “spousal support buyout”.

Call or Contact the Office for Help with California Alimony

Are you curious about what types of alimony may be ordered in your California divorce case? If so, call or​ ​contact​ the Simpson Law Group in Glendale today to schedule a case consultation.

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