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Spousal support is financial support paid by, or to, your spouse. Spousal Support is meant to help an economically disadvantaged spouse continue to enjoy a similar standard of living after the marriage ends. In most cases, the spouse who earns a higher income is ordered to pay spousal support to the other spouse. Whether you are seeking spousal support or if you think you may be responsible for spousal support, our Santa Clara, Sacramento and Monterey County spousal support lawyers can represent your best interests in the courts so you get a fair judgment.
The goal of spousal support in California is to allow the party who gets spousal support to be self-supporting within a ‘reasonable period” of time. For marriages that lasted less than ten years, a “reasonable period” is considered to be half of the length of the marriage. However, the judge is not limited by this and may order support for a shorter or longer period of time.
The judge will consider certain factors to determine a fair spousal support award. These factors include, but are not limited to:
If the person requesting spousal support has been criminally convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, felony domestic violence, or a violent sexual felony against his/her spouse within a certain timeframe, this will affect whether or not the judge awards him/her spousal support.
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