Divorce can impact different spouses in different ways. For example, if one spouse was the primary wage earner and the other was primarily a homemaker, it is possible for the homemaker to be at a financial disadvantage in the divorce. This can be especially true in situations where the spouse who was the homemaker does not possess a skill set that would allow for him or her to immediately secure gainful employment. In assessing these skills, it may be necessary to engage a vocational examiner.
In cases like these, the court has the discretion to order spousal support in an amount and duration sufficient to help the homemaker obtain the training and skills necessary to secure gainful employment. Sometimes referred to as alimony, the court may order permanent spousal support depending on the length of the marriage, the age and health of the recipient spouse and other factors.
Whether you are the spouse seeking support or the one who would likely be required to pay it, having competent legal counsel is essential to obtaining a favorable result. At Simpson Law Group, we have extensive experience representing Pasadena and Los Angeles clients on both sides of these matters, and we are fully prepared to provide the skillful representation you need in these important matters.
Our attorneys also represent clients on both sides of spousal support modification and enforcement. There are a number of steps that can be taken if the party ordered to pay support fails to do so. A substantial change in circumstances can create grounds for a court-ordered modification. We will do everything in our power to resolve your spousal support matter in a way that is most beneficial for you.
Contact our Glendale office to discuss your spousal support needs. You can schedule an initial consultation with a lawyer by calling (818) 254-8304.