When a married couple, or a couple in a domestic partnership, decides to divorce or end their domestic partnership, one spouse or domestic partner may seek spousal support (alimony) from the other spouse or domestic partner. Some of the factors in California Family Code Section 4320 that will be considered in a spousal support case include:
- The duration of the marriage or domestic partnership;
- The earning capacity of each party;
- The needs of each party based upon the standard of living established during the marriage or domestic partnership;
- The assets and debts of each party;
- The age and health of the parties;
- The balance of hardships to each party;
- Other factors.
Another difficult part of a divorce is deciding upon whether either party will pay spousal support. We can help relieve some of your stress by handling the spousal support issues which may be an aspect of your divorce. Depending on the length of the marriage, the goal of spousal support is to make sure the supported party is self-supporting within a reasonable period of time, which is generally one-half the length of a marriage lasting less than 10 years.
Each case is different, and for that reason we personalize each case to suit the needs of our clients. You can trust us to handle your case diligently, helping to negotiate a settlement you are happy with.