Understanding Spousal Support in California
“Spousal support” was once known as “alimony.” It consists of payments that one spouse makes to the other spouse after a divorce. Spousal supports allows the receiving spouse to maintain a standard of living similar to that they enjoyed during the marriage.
Spousal support payments are not made in every California divorce. If both spouses have been working and contributing more or less equal amounts of income to the household, there may be no need for a spousal support agreement. But, if one spouse isn’t able to immediately support themselves, spousal support payments may be ordered. This can help that spouse cover the bills while they gain the education, experience, or job needed to cover their own cost of living.
For some, spousal support is the largest financial obligation they will have to pay as the result of a divorce. For others, it means the difference between struggling to make ends meet and being able to go back to school or work their way up the career ladder.
As a result, spousal support issues should be taken seriously, whether you expect to pay support or to receive it. An attorney with experience in spousal support issues can help you ensure that the amount is tailored to match your needs, your budget, and your plans for the future.
At The Law Office of Thomas M. Huguenor, our experienced California divorce and spousal support lawyers can help you prepare for your future after divorce. Contact us today to learn more.
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