Protect Your Rights & Interests In An Alimony Case
Whether you are trying to collect spousal support or need to fight for a fair alimony order, the Orange County spousal support attorneys at the Gill Law Group, PC are here to protect your interests in your divorce case. We work hard to resolve the issues by either reaching a favorable settlement for our client or seeking maximum possible relief for our client.
Divorce is tough, but we work to make it no more difficult than it needs to be. We believe in protecting your lifestyle and ability to meet financial obligations despite the breakdown of your marriage. Alimony or spousal support laws are designed to protect the spouse who does not earn an equal wage but has otherwise contributed to the marriage.
Who Qualifies for Spousal Support in California?
Does your spouse earn a significant percentage of your household income? Divorce laws in California offer protection to the spouse who earns less money. Equally, the laws place limits on the collection of spousal support by a spouse who does not meaningfully contribute to the marriage. Alimony or spousal support can be awarded by a judge to either the wife or husband, depending on the circumstances that exist.
Calculating Spousal Support in California
Generally, the duration of a spousal support order in California is half the length of the parties’ marriage. Under the California Family Code, a marriage that lasts for ten years or longer is a “long-term marriage,” allowing courts to exercise continuing jurisdiction to determine matters of spousal support. Importantly, a court may craft a spousal support obligation that lasts indefinitely. Unlike child support, spousal support awards depend on the marital status of the parties. A spousal support obligation ends upon the death or remarriage of the parties. Some courts have also held that romantic cohabitation between the spouse receiving support and a subsequent romantic partner may be grounds for terminating a spousal support obligation. Under California Family Code § 4320, California courts are required to consider several factors when determining issues of spousal support. Generally, spousal support aims to ensure that a person has enough financial resources to cover the cost of living at the marital standard of living they enjoyed at the time they separated from their spouse. Several factors courts must consider when crafting a spousal support award include, among others:
- The length of the parties’ marriage
- The station in life the parties attained when they separated
- A party’s capacity to become financially self-supporting within a reasonable time after divorce
- The health of the parties
- Each party’s financial resources
- The financial needs of the parties
- The financial obligations of the parties
- The party’s childcare responsibilities
- The earning capacity of the parties
- The education, background, training, and work experience of the parties
Need Spousal Support? Complimentary In-Person Consultation!
Alimony or spousal support are payments made by one spouse who is earning to another who might have lower or no earnings at all. These payments are complex and are calculated based on various factors. The idea is to restore the position of the spouse, who has a lower income, to where it was during the marriage. At Gill Law Group, PC, our Orange County spousal support attorneys take our time and discuss all possible options and offer insights into how we can help you earn what would be considered reasonable and fair in the eyes of the law. We will closely work with you to understand your needs and strategize together to come up with an approach that would be most beneficial to you. Alimony or spousal support can be temporary and/or permanent. Gill Law Group, PC can help you fight for what’s fair and should be awarded to you. We can also help defend against unreasonable amounts that might be demanded by the opposite party. Our spousal support lawyers in Orange County understand that going through legal separation or divorce can be burdensome. We are here to alleviate some of this burden of your shoulders.
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