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How Can an Attorney Help With Spousal Support in My Divorce?

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Los Gatos divorce attorney for spousal support and alimonyWhen a couple makes the decision to pursue a divorce, both parties will face drastic changes in their life. For many people, the end of their marriage may threaten their financial security. If one spouse has conventionally brought in more income than the other, the other spouse may have difficulty maintaining their accustomed standard of living following the separation. Because of this, many divorcing spouses who earn less than their former partner will elect to pursue some level of spousal support. In cases involving spousal support, it is important to work with an attorney who can help you make sure you will be able to live a financially sustainable and healthy lifestyle. 

How Is Permanent Spousal Support Established? 

Commonly referred to as alimony, spousal support is is paid by one former spouse to the other. It is intended to ensure that both spouses will be able to maintain the lifestyle they enjoyed while married, and it can also help the lower-earning spouse meet their needs while they work to become financially independent. In the state of California, spousal support is established through in-depth consideration of a number of factors, including the standard of living established during the marriage, the length of the marriage, and the supported party’s ability to secure employment. Spouses may be able to agree on an amount of alimony that will be paid, or a judge may order a certain amount of spousal support to be paid for a specific period of time.

How a Lawyer Can Assist With Spousal Support

During the divorce process, an attorney may help address spousal support in the following ways:

  • Mediation - An attorney may serve as a mediator, working with you and your spouse to reach an agreement about how issues such as spousal support will be handled. During mediation, the attorney will help you understand how California law applies to your case and assist in reaching a solution both spouses can agree on. 

  • Negotiation - Even if you do not use mediation, you and your ex-spouse may attempt to work out a settlement which may include spousal support. During these negotiations, your attorney can ensure that the law is followed when determining the amount and duration of support.

  • Trial - If you and your former spouse are unable to come to an agreement, the case will go to court. During your divorce trial, your attorney can advocate on your behalf, asking the judge to make a fair decision that will ensure that you are able to meet your financial needs following divorce.

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Spousal Support Attorney 

At the Law Offices of Benita Ventresca, we have assisted countless clients in divorce cases in which spousal support was a factor. When you are looking to reach a settlement that will allow you to live a stable and vibrant life post-divorce, Attorney Ventresca can ensure that your best interests are represented. Whether you plan to resolve your issues through mediation or need to fight for your rights in court, we can provide the legal help you need. To schedule a complimentary initial consultation with a knowledgeable Los Gatos divorce lawyer, call us today at 408-395-8822.  

Sources:

https://www.courts.ca.gov/1038.htm

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