San Diego Spousal Support Attorneys
Both parties worry about spousal support during a divorce. If one spouse earns a lower income or does not work, they are likely worried about how they will be able to support themselves once the divorce is final. However, the higher-earning spouse may feel frustrated at the idea of paying their ex a large sum of money each month. Our San Diego divorce attorneys at Huguenor Mattis, A.P.C., have experience helping clients obtain alimony payments and have prevented clients from having to pay unfair amounts. Our 35+ years of family law experience provides us with knowledge of how to proceed best with spousal support and alimony. Call our lawyers at (858) 458-9500 today and schedule a free consultation.
California has no uniform formula that is used to determine if and how much spousal support should be awarded. The length of time spousal support is awarded for can also vary widely. Judges have a great deal of leeway in making a final alimony determination during a divorce. Factors the court may consider when deciding alimony include:
- Marketable skills the supported spouse has, and the job market for that skill set.
- The amount of time that has lapsed since the supported spouse last worked, and the extent to which that time period will impact the chances of the supported spouse finding work.
- The extent to which the supported spouse helped pay for, or helped support, the higher earning spouse's career and education.
- The paying spouse's ability to pay alimony.
- The supported spouse's standard of living that was established during the marriage.
- Both spouses' obligations (debts) and assets, including separate property.
- The length of the marriage
- The age and health of the spouses.
Our family law attorneys will quickly file for temporary spousal support if you are in need of financial assistance. Temporary alimony is meant to help the supported spouse pay bills until the final divorce judgment. This short-term amount may be more, less, or equal to the "permanent" alimony amount (assuming there is a permanent award). Permanent alimony is rarely a lifelong payment plan, and we will construct an argument on the client's behalf to advocate for or against extended alimony. Contact our divorce lawyers in San Diego today if you require assistance in a case involving alimony.
Many people do not realize that alimony in California is often modifiable or can possibly be terminated. The amount of spousal support set by the Court can be altered if the circumstances of your case change. For example, if you are laid off from your job and your income is reduced then you may be entitled to a reduction in the amount of support you are paying. Likewise, if your ex-spouse becomes employed or obtains other means of support then a Judge may terminate their spousal support. Our San Diego spousal support attorneys have successfully pursued and defended against alimony and spousal support modifications on behalf of their clients. Contact our office today either online or by telephone at (858) 458-9500. In addition to San Diego, we service Del Mar, Carlsbad, Encinitas, and La Jolla.