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Can I Receive Spousal Support Following My Divorce?

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Los Gatos, CA spousal support attorneyGoing through a divorce can be a stressful process, especially if you are unsure about your financial future after your marriage has ended. If you have been reliant on your spouse’s income during your marriage, or if you have been out of the workforce for a significant amount of time, you may be uncertain about your ability to provide for yourself after your marriage has ended. Fortunately, you may be able to receive spousal support that will allow you to maintain financial stability. 

Spousal Support in California 

When a couple gets a divorce, one spouse may be required to pay the other spouse an amount of financial support each month. These payments are known as spousal support or alimony. Spousal support can be ordered by the court in a litigated case, or spouses may use negotiation or mediation to agree on an amount that will be paid.

In the state of California, there are a number of factors taken into consideration when determining whether spousal support should be awarded. These factors are specified in California Family Code Section 4320. Most notably, the court will consider the length of the marriage, the standard of living each spouse became accustomed to during the marriage, and the age and general health of both spouses. Other considerations include whether employment would hinder a custodial parent from raising their children and whether a spouse did not work during the marriage because they were fulfilling child care duties or other family responsibilities. Any history of domestic violence during the marriage may also affect decisions about spousal support. 

If spousal support is awarded, the amount of time it will be paid will be based on the length of the marriage. California law states that one half of the length of a marriage is a reasonable amount of time for the duration of spousal support, but in “long-term” marriages of at least 10 years, support may be paid for a longer period, or even indefinitely. Spousal support will be terminated if either party dies or if the recipient gets remarried, and either party may request a modification of spousal support if they have experienced a significant change in their financial circumstances. 

Contact a Los Gatos, California Spousal Support Lawyer

Divorce can be a complicated process, and in order to secure a healthy and stable financial future, you need to seek out the assistance of a qualified legal professional. Attorney Benita Ventresca has helped countless clients establish spousal support payments and address other divorce-related issues. To schedule a complimentary consultation with a compassionate Los Gatos divorce attorney, call our office today at 408-395-8822. 



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