A Proven Advocate For Spousal Support

Spousal support, also called alimony or spousal maintenance, is a payment from one spouse to another during and after a divorce that helps the receiver gain financial independence. A spouse can receive spousal support on a temporary or long-term basis depending on a person's unique circumstances. People on either side of a spousal support case should hire a knowledgeable attorney who can calculate their expected payments and represent them in disputes.

At the Law Offices of Linda J. Claypool, our lawyer works to get clients fair spousal support agreements that allow them to support their lifestyles. We will determine if you qualify for spousal support and give you an idea of what you can expect from your case. Our Riverside staff will gather every detail related to your case and then represent your interests in negotiations and the courtroom.

How Is Spousal Support Determined In California?

As a general rule, California law decides spousal support terms based on one spouse's ability to pay versus the other spouse's need for support. While the family court uses guidelines to decide temporary spousal support, the final outcome can vary. The judge's discretion in this decision means that clients should begin working with our divorce attorney from the start of their case.

The family court uses many factors when considering the duration and amount of spousal support payments, including:

  • The length of your marriage
  • The age and health of both parties
  • The potential earning power and marketable skills of the supported spouse
  • Both parties' standard of living during the marriage
  • Any debts or property owned by the spouses
  • Any cases of domestic violence

Spousal Support Modifications

The family court generally hesitates to change any existing court order, including spousal support agreements, without a significant change in a person's circumstances. For example, if an ex-spouse that is paying support loses their job, they may be able to get the support lowered or halted. If the spouse who is receiving support remarries, then the spousal support payments can end. We can help you create a well-planned legal argument that shows your need for a spousal support modification.

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You can get more information about spousal support and guidance from our attorney in a free consultation. To set up your consultation, call us at 951-787-8700 or email our firm.