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If you are contemplating a divorce, you may be considering the issue of spousal support. The financial upheaval of a divorce can wreak havoc on your finances as well as your spouses and make it difficult for one or both of you to live apart from the other.
At Moradi Saslaw, our spousal support attorneys represent clients involved in spousal support disputes regardless of their complexity. Our attorneys are:
To learn more about how California’s spousal support laws could affect you, talk to a skilled attorney at Moradi Saslaw today. We will fight for a positive result on your behalf.
The impact of a spousal support decision can be financially crippling and ongoing whether you are the payor or the payee. At Moradi Saslaw, our spousal support attorneys will work tirelessly to secure a spousal support settlement that you are comfortable with and that meets your needs.
In doing so, our attorneys will:
Contact the Palo Alto family law lawyers at Moradi Saslaw to discuss our spousal support approach and create a strategy tailored to meet your legal goals and expectations.
There are four types of spousal support in California: temporary, rehabilitative, permanent, and reimbursement spousal support. Temporary support is based on California child support guidelines and is only collectible while the divorce is pending.
Rehabilitative support is the most common type of spousal support. The purpose of rehabilitative support is to allow the lower-earning spouse an opportunity to gain valuable job skills or education to enter the workforce and become self-supporting.
Permanent spousal support is rarely ordered. It is generally reserved for long-term marriages where one spouse cannot enter the workforce due to advanced age or illness.
Reimbursement support is a means by which one spouse may recoup funds used during the marriage to help finance the other spouse’s education or career advancement training. This spousal support award is in place of any future benefit the other spouse would have realized had the couple stayed together.
Rehabilitative and permanent spousal support is first based on one spouse’s need for support and the other spouse’s ability to pay support. If the need and ability to pay spousal support exists, the court next determines each spouse’s income and evaluates the following factors, and more, to arrive at a spousal support amount:
The duration of spousal support depends on the above-listed factors and the judge’s discretion. Rehabilitative and permanent support will end if the supported spouse remarries or if either party dies.
Let Moradi Saslaw help you determine if spousal support is likely to be ordered in your divorce and help you financially plan for a future that involves paying or receiving support payments. Our experienced spousal support attorneys know the financial consequences of spousal support and will provide you with personal service and compassionate guidance throughout any spousal support issues that arise in your divorce. Contact us today.
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