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Spousal Support Lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga

California Alimony and "Palimony" Laws

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a court ordered specific amount of money that is due to an ex-spouse on a regular and reoccurring basis. Alimony may start as soon as a divorce proceeding begins; with temporary support starting the moment divorce papers are served. Permanent alimony payments will be written into your final divorce decree. "Palimony," although similar to alimony, is what is due to a party who is not married but is recognized as being in a domestic partnership in California.

Need a Rancho Cucamonga divorce attorney for your alimony case?

To determine alimony, the judicial system uses a calculator that takes into consideration the length of the marriage or partnership lasted, what income each souse contributed to the marriage the health and age of the couple and specific needs of each individual. Standards of living that one person may have become accustomed to may be taken into consideration as well. Even if you were a stay at home spouse but you became accustomed to living under a certain quality of life, the proprietor of the relationship may still owe you money for upholding a standard of living.

Factors that Help Determine Spousal Support

One common question I hear at the firm is "Will I be awarded spousal support and how much?" Many people worry how they will maintain their standard of living after the divorce is final and they are living on only one income. For eligible individuals spousal support or alimony will be awarded and they will receive payments for a specific period of time. When determining how much spousal support to award in the divorce, the court will take several key factors into consideration, such as:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age of each party
  • The overall health of each party
  • What their earning capacity is
  • What their basic needs are to uphold the same standard of living
  • How many assets and separate property each party has
  • Whether or not one party helped their spouse in obtaining their degree or career path
  • Whether or not the supported party is able to care for the children while maintaining gainful employment
  • Whether or not the supported party's earning capacity is impacted by their duty to care for the children
  • Whether or not both spouses share a balanced hardship

What can affect my alimony?

There are a few factors that a judge may consider when determining spousal support. If children are involved, child support may come into play as well as the standards of living, basis of the relationship and grounds for divorce. If you are a victim of domestic violence, you may receive higher amounts of alimony because of emotional stress and physical traumas that you endured. Many people have questions about alimony, if they are eligible and determining if they will have to pay.

Searching for a lawyer for a spousal support case? If you have backed alimony that you owe or you are trying to receive backed payments from a spouse, it is important that you contact our Rancho Cucamonga divorce lawyer from The Law Office of Stephanie J. Squires & Associates, APLC today.

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