Spousal support may apply in your California divorce if you were married for any length of time. Commonly known as alimony, spousal support is a payment from a higher-earning spouse to the other to make their incomes and standard of living more equal.

While spousal support is based on statutory criteria, it is not automatically awarded or computed strictly by a formula. Whether you are negotiating alimony or taking the issue to court, it is critical to hire an experienced divorce attorney. The Law Offices of Teresa Beyers will aggressively assert your interests in this important financial matter.

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The rule of thumb for spousal support is one-half the duration of the marriage, but that is only a guideline. If you were married for just a year, the court might award alimony for no more than six months, if at all. If you were married for eight years, support might be granted for up to four years after the divorce. In long-term marriages of 10 years or more, permanent alimony may be ordered if the court deems it necessary and appropriate.

Alimony can be a useful tool in property settlement negotiations, but you may have to litigate if you cannot agree on the amount or whether spousal support is even warranted. The court considers many factors, including:

  • Length of marriage
  • Disparity in income
  • Education and earning capacity
  • Age and health
  • Accustomed standard of living
  • Sacrifices in raising children or supporting the spouse’s career

We encourage clients who are awarded spousal support to seek employment. You need a backup plan in case the other spouse retires, dies or loses his/her job, in which case the support goes down or goes away entirely.

Experienced Representation For Spousal Support

Los Angeles spousal support lawyer Teresa Beyers has successfully represented clients in this complex arena, including alimony in high net worth divorces. She counsels either spouse in negotiations or contested proceedings in the Los Angeles County courts, and she can address modification, termination or enforcement of orders for spousal support.

Ms. Beyers offers a free initial phone consultation and after-hours and weekend appointments. Call 213-785-7873 or 800-488-4850 (toll free), or contact us online.

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