Encino Spousal Support Attorney
Negotiating & Litigating Fair Alimony Orders
Spousal support, often called "alimony," is a form of financial support paid by a higher-earning spouse to the other during or after a divorce. Spousal support is intended to help the receiving spouse maintain a similar quality of life to that which they enjoyed during the marriage, or to live comfortably until they can become self-sustaining.
If you are filing for divorce and are concerned about alimony payments, Akbarian Law Group can help you fight for the outcome you are seeking. We represent spouses who are pursuing alimony payments as well as those who want to lower their obligations or avoid paying altogether. Our Encino spousal support lawyer can carefully assess your situation and determine the best approach to obtain your desired results.
Spousal Support Guidelines in California
In California, the duration of the spousal support order is often based on the length of the marriage. In a marriage that lasts less than 10 years, alimony generally will not be ordered to exceed more than half the length of the marriage. In a marriage that lasted 10 or more years, courts likely will not set a definite termination date. Instead, the spouses can request modifications indefinitely.
How Alimony Is Calculated
If you and your spouse can come to an agreement on an alimony award, all you will have to do is get the court’s stamp of approval. If you cannot, the court will step in and calculate an award.
When awarding alimony, courts will consider several factors, including but not limited to:
- Each spouse’s earning capacity
- Whether one spouse’s domestic contributions prevented them from advancing their careers or increasing their income/earning potential
- The duration of the marriage
- The extent to which one spouse supported the other’s career, education, or professional advancement
- Any history of domestic violence
- Each party’s needs based on the marital standard of living
- Tax consequences for each spouse
- The age and health of each spouse
Alimony can be temporary, known as “pendente lite,” to support a spouse during divorce proceedings, or they can be ordered as monthly payments for a certain amount of time after a divorce is finalized.
Our Encino alimony attorney is here to walk you through your options and ensure that you understand your rights. Our primary goal is to ensure that you receive a fair and favorable outcome in your case.
To learn more about your rights and obligations regarding alimony, call (818) 247-9322 now.
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