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We Help You Understand Spousal Support Issues In Your Divorce

The court may order a spouse to provide ongoing financial assistance to the other spouse after a divorce. The Law Office of Robert Goldsmith can work with you to understand how state spousal support laws impact your case. There are different factors that are considered when deciding on spousal support, including earning abilities and length of the marriage. We use our understanding of these factors to fight for a fair amount. Spousal support (alimony) generally comes in two forms: temporary and permanent, each of which has a separate and distinct objective.

Temporary Support

Temporary spousal support, sometimes called “pendente lite” support, is ordered to help the parties maintain the marital standard of living that they became accustomed to during their marriage.

Permanent Support

Unlike temporary spousal support, the purpose of permanent spousal support is not to preserve the status quo, but to provide financial assistance, if appropriate, after dissolution and division of the parties’ community property. A permanent spousal support order may be awarded for a period of time that the court determines is reasonable. If the time from the date of marriage to the date of separation is less than 10 years, the court generally considers half the length of the marriage to be a reasonable time. However, the amount of support and how long the support order will last must take into account the 14 factors listed in Family Code §4320, to the extent they are relevant.

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The law concerning spousal support is complex, and any spousal support orders can have long-lasting implications and effects. Therefore, whether you need to obtain, modify or oppose a spousal support order, call 949-783-9709 or contact us to get the help you need right away.