Spousal Support

Murrieta Spousal Support Attorney

Navigate Your Case with 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.

Contact a Murrieta divorce lawyer today to learn more about your legal options!