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Expert Alimony Agreement Assistance in San Diego

In California, spousal support (sometimes called alimony) is awarded in certain situations, usually when one spouse has supported the other throughout the marriage. If you are a resident of San Diego County, are getting a divorce, and want to know how much spousal support you will receive or be required to pay, then our San Diego spousal support attorneys can help!

Contact us online or call (619) 577-4900 today to discuss your options with a spousal support lawyer in San Diego.

Understanding Spousal Support in California Divorces

NStack of hundred dollar bills and a note that says "alimony" on it tied together with a rubber band.o, spousal support is not mandatory for all divorces in California; however, it is awarded in cases where one spouse was supported by a higher-earning spouse during the marriage, which is common. Alimony is awarded on the understanding that the supported party will make a good faith effort to support themselves.

Eligibility Criteria for Alimony in California

In California, alimony / spousal support is generally awarded to the lower-earning spouse who was supported by the higher-earning spouse during the course of the marriage. Generally, spousal support is paid for half the length of the marriage if it was less than 10 years. For longer marriages, the court does not set a duration for spousal support.

Factors Influencing Spousal Support Amounts in California

When deciding if alimony should be awarded in a divorce, courts consider as many as 10 factors that affect the decision, including the ones listed below:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Age and health of the parties
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Whether the party was out of the workforce for any domestic reason

Consult a San Diego spousal support attorney if you want to ensure that you pay or receive a fair amount of spousal support in San Diego County.

Duration of Alimony Payments in California Marriages

It depends on the length of the marriage. If you were married for fewer than 10 years, then alimony is generally paid for up to half the length of the marriage (so 10 years or fewer). Long-term marriages do not have a set rule for the amount of spousal support.

The amount of "permanent" spousal support for a long-term marriage is either agreed upon between the two parties in an amicable split, or it is decided by a judge in a contested case. In either case, it is in your best interests to have a spousal support attorney on your side.

Consult with Our Skilled Alimony Lawyers in San Diego

Family Law San Diego can help you understand how much spousal support you may be able to receive in San Diego County, or how much spousal support you may have to pay if you are the supporting spouse. Get in touch today to find out how our San Diego spousal support lawyers can help!

Call (619) 577-4900 today or fill out our online contact form to speak with a spousal support attorney near you!


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