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The Determination Of Spousal Support Is A Crucial Part Of Divorce

If you are a husband or wife who was financially dependent on your spouse during a part of, or for all of your marriage, you may be concerned about how you are going to pay the bills after your divorce. You may need further education, retraining or vocational rehabilitation to be able to find and keep a job. You may need spousal support (alimony) from your ex-spouse to allow you to survive until you are self-supporting.

A skilled California family law lawyer can help protect your rights in these circumstances. At The Law Offices of Jonathan D. Larose, APC, in Walnut Creek and Fremont, we have extensive experience in family law matters, including issues dealing with spousal support. We will put your interests first and do everything we can to resolve your spousal support matter quickly and effectively.

Establishing And Enforcing Your Rights Regarding Spousal Support

In general, one spouse pays spousal support or alimony monthly to the other spouse. Payments are based on a range of factors directly related to the unique circumstances of the marriage.

At the beginning of a divorce or legal separation action, spousal support payments are usually determined by a court-approved calculator (computer program), taking into consideration income and a narrow range of expenses.

Later, spousal support may be made "permanent" by taking into consideration a full range of factors. These factors include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • Domestic violence in the marriage
  • The education of each spouse
  • Whether one spouse was unemployed or partially employed during the marriage
  • The impact that staying at home or caring for children has had on one parent's ability to find a job
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The age and health of each spouse
  • The need for one spouse to have reduced employment in order to care for the children
  • Any other factors that bear on the need for or against spousal support

We Believe Spousal Support Should Be Fair To Both Parties

At your free initial consultation, an experienced divorce attorney will explain the law regarding spousal support. We will review the facts of your situation and provide an opinion of how the law will apply to the unique circumstances of your relationship. Call Larose Law at 510-742-6100 or contact us online today.