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California Spousal Support

Each divorce is different. However, depending on a number of variables, a court may order one spouse to pay spousal support to the other party. The aim of spousal support is to ensure that a spouse who receives support can live at virtually the same standard after the divorce.

What You Need To Know About Spousal Support

Basically, there are only two types of spousal support payment: Long-term and short-term. The court determines both the support amount and duration.

Who will get spousal support and for how long is not always straightforward in California, however. The laws regarding spousal support vary; each state has its own laws pertaining to spousal support (also called alimony).

Getting Spousal Support In California

In California, a court case is required for spousal support. Spousal support can be ordered if:

  • You are getting divorced, legally separated or an annulment
  • There is a domestic violence restraining order

Adultery And Support

Under California law, spousal support cannot be used as a way to punish a spouse who committed adultery. Each state is different, but in California, the focus is to ensure each spouse has the finances they need to live a lifestyle similar to the lifestyle the marriage provided. Other factors can be used in this determination, however. An experienced family law attorney can assess your situation and guide you through this process.

Why An Attorney Is Important

A skilled attorney can also negotiate a favorable resolution or create a compelling argument at trial.

Spousal support in California is complex and the way you navigate the process can make a difference on whether support is ordered, how much and for how long.

I am attorney Ronald K. Stitch, a certified family law specialist, certified by The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization. At my practice, I, along with associate Stephanie Rose O’Connor, focus solely on divorce and family law matters. We’ve been helping people get through life’s difficult family situations for over 35 years.

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Schedule a free consultation with a lawyer to learn how our team can provide the knowledge and support you need in the dissolution of marriage. Call our Westlake Village law office at 818-237-4574 or contact us by email. We serve clients throughout Ventura County.

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