Should your divorce or legal separation include an order for spousal support (alimony)? The court may order monthly payments by one spouse to support the other spouse pending a divorce or legal separation, which payments are referred to as temporary spousal support. Either spouse may be ordered to pay support to the other. For couples married less than ten years, the typical length of a spousal support order may be limited to one-half the length of the marriage. However, in long-term marriages (generally ten years or more), support can be awarded until the supported spouse’s death, or remarriage, or further order of the court, depending on the changes in the financial circumstances of each party. Spousal support is paid in addition to child support.
In awarding long-term spousal support, the court may consider many factors, including but not limited to, each party’s income and earnings, each party’s earning capacity, the age and health of the parties, the obligations and assets of each party. The length of the marriage, the needs of each party based on the standard of living established during the marriage, each parties’ education, job skills or occupation. Spousal support may also continue after the conclusion of the divorce.
An experienced Irvine alimony attorney from the Law Offices of Brett R. Wishart can help you navigate the spousal support system and fight for a fair arrangement. Contact us today for an initial consultation.
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