Alimony Lawyer in Palmdale
In California law, alimony is referred to as spousal support. It is often the biggest financial issue addressed in a divorce settlement and commonly the most contentious. At the Law Offices of John C. Bigler, we can provide you with our divorce attorney who is a board-certified specialist in family law. We have extensive experience and knowledge of how the courts determine alimony and can present highly skilled and supportive representation in your divorce settlement.
What is alimony?
Alimony is payment from one party (supporting spouse) to the other party (supported spouse) during and after divorce proceedings. Although, the court order can remain in effect for a number of years, California law presumes that it will not be a lifetime of payments. The goal of spousal support is to provide monetary assistance to the lesser earning party until they can obtain adequate employment or acquire other resources to meet his or her economic needs.
Spousal support payments usually begin as temporary alimony when a couple initiates the divorce process. These monies are meant to financially assist the supported spouse until long-term support is calculated. Oftentimes, temporary alimony is a verbal arrangement between parties. However, having our qualified and proficient divorce attorney draw up a written agreement can help prevent legal headaches later in the process.
How Alimony is Determined
When determining the amount of alimony, California courts seek to maintain the standard of living established in the marriage. The judge will contemplate numerous factors when considering the amount and duration of spousal support.
Some of the factors used to estimate alimony include:
- Marketable skills of supported spouse along with the current job market
- Length of the marriage
- Financial resources of the supporting spouse
- Health and age of each party
Since California is a no-fault divorce state, the courts will not take into account the reasons why the marriage dissolved or who is responsible when calculating payments. Exceptions to this general rule may come into play in cases of domestic violence or drug abuse.
Can alimony be modified?
Either spouse can request the courts to modify court-ordered spousal support. The petitioning party must prove a material change in circumstances. If you are seeking to have your spousal support modified, the Law Offices of John C. Bigler can give you effective legal assistance with the process.
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