Spousal Support After Divorce In California

Spousal support, also known as alimony, comes in different forms (Temporary Spousal Support and Permanent Spousal Support) and can be ordered for different reasons under the California Family Code. Whether you are seeking support, or potentially paying spousal support, it is important to know your rights under the law. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this often complex topic.

Immediate issues in most cases focus on how much support will be paid to a non-working spouse. Income will not be imputed to the non-working spouse at the Temporary Spousal Support hearing. Income may be imputed to the non-working spouse at the Permanent Spousal Support hearing. This process is complicated and requires expert testimony. You need an experienced attorney to help you with this process and we handle such matters on a regular basis. We are also experience in negotiating settlements that meet the needs of all parties: allowing the non-working spouse to either not work or work part time .

At Ratzer Family Law in Solana Beach, we can help you through the alimony process. An experienced divorce lawyer from our firm will review your case to determine how much alimony should be and how long it should last. We fight for our clients to get the best possible outcome for their situation through both mediation and, if necessary, litigation. We will use our experience to deliver quick results so you can move on with your life with confidence and security.

How Is Alimony Determined?

In California, multiple factors are taken into consideration when determining spousal support. Does the spouse have the ability to support herself or himself? What are each of the spouses earning abilities and what was each spouse's standard of living during the marriage? These factors are all considered along with the age and health of each spouse and the length of the marriage.

For spouses who are seeking support, and those who may have to pay it, understanding your rights is critical. An experienced family law attorney at Ratzer Family Law will review the circumstances of your marriage to see if alimony is appropriate in your case. We will pursue the strategy that is best for you.

Other Spousal Support Considerations

Spousal support may be paid all at once, over time or as a permanent arrangement. If the spouse receiving alimony remarries while receiving it, the payments will cease. Another factor to consider is that alimony cannot be enforced through wage garnishment or a property lien.

Contact the knowledgeable legal team at Ratzer Family Law for help with your spousal support case. We are experienced negotiators who will fight for your rights. Complete our online contact form, or give us a call at 858-925-8099 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. We proudly serve clients throughout San Diego County and beyond.