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California Spousal Support Attorney


Spousal support, also known as alimony, is intended to assist the supported spouse maintain his or her accustomed marital standard of living, and to help ease the transition to reaching the marital standard on his or her own. California's spousal support laws are largely subjective. As a result, spousal support often becomes one of the more contested issues in divorce. Disputed issues include whether or not spousal support should be awarded, and if so, how much it should be, and whether it will be terminated on a certain date or continue into the future, and if so, whether it will be modifiable or non-modifiable.

In California, spousal support is classified as "temporary" or "permanent." Temporary spousal support is calculated in the early stages of a case at a very basic level, by a guideline computer program. Permanent spousal support is more complex, and the amount and duration is based on many factors, as described in the California Family Code, section 4320.

The duration of spousal support is at the discretion of the court and is related to the length of the marriage. In marriages of less than ten years, the suggested guideline is that support, if granted, should be for one-half the length of the marriage. In contrast, in marriages of ten years or more, no date of termination is suggested, except on the death or remarriage of the supported spouse.

Since spousal support orders can have a long term impact on your finances, both as payor or payee, it is in your best interest to consult with an attorney who can review the unique facts of your case and create strategies on your behalf. Chavis Law Firm represents both sides, and has experience both in seeking and opposing spousal support claims as well as in the modification and termination of such awards.

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