Am I entitled to spousal support or will I need to pay spousal support?
Payment from one spouse to the other for that spouse’s financial need is called spousal support (sometimes referred to as alimony). Although there are many factors when determining spousal support, in general the court considers a disparity of income between the parties and one party’s need for financial support and the other party’s ability to provide financial assistance. Other factors that may affect the payment of spousal support include:
- The length of the marriage
- The receiving spouse’s education or earning capacity
- The marital standard of living
- The paying spouse’s income and earning potential
- Age and health of the parties
An award of spousal support is not mandatory in California. Courts can limit or deny spousal support and can require parties to provide for their own financial needs. The rules the affect spousal support can be quite complex and can have significant consequences to both parties. It is important to seek the guidance of an experienced family law attorney who can assist you with determining the best outcome for your particular situation. To schedule an appointment and find out more about spousal support and your options contact: Attorney Patricia D. Clark, Law & Mediation Office of Patricia Clark, PC, 1700 Eureka Road, Suite 190, Roseville, CA 95661. 916-472-6232.