Paying/Receiving Spousal Support
Murrieta Divorce Lawyers
One issue to consider in any
divorce is whether you may be required to pay or entitled to receive spousal support.
Commonly referred to as alimony, spousal support is an amount of money
that one spouse pays to another after a divorce, usually a monthly payment
for a set period of time. Because spousal support will directly impact
your financial situation now and possibly for years in to the future or
for life, it is important to work with a divorce attorney who can properly
present your case and protect your rights.
Determining Spousal Support/Alimony in Your Divorce
There are two key factors to consider when looking at spousal support or
alimony in a divorce: the amount and duration of spousal support payments.
When the court makes a decision about alimony, it will follow specific
guidelines and rules set forth by legislation and case law.
The duration of the marriage is likely to be a key factor in determining
the duration of spousal support; in fact the court may act on the presumption
that in marriages of less than ten years that support should be granted
for half the length of the marriage. The duration of spousal support may
also be linked to the amount of time it should reasonably take the receiving
spouse to adapt to single life, without the income of the supporting spouse.
Help from a Murrieta Family Law Attorney
In determining the amount of spousal support, the court may have broad
discretion. It may look at a number of factors: the duration of the marriage,
the quality of life enjoyed during the marriage, the age and health of
both spouses, the marketable skills of each spouse, each spouse's
contributions to the marriage, monetary and non-monetary, the obligations
associated with assets distributed in the divorce, and any attempt at
concealing income or assets made by either spouse.