When spouses or domestic partners legally separate, divorce, or otherwise legally terminate their relationship, one of the parties may seek spousal support, also known as alimony or maintenance, from the other. In order to establish and receive spousal support, a court case will ensue. A temporary support order can be requested while a divorce or legal separation is pending. It can also be requested as permanent support once the case is finalized. The two important factors in this matter will be how much the support will be and how long it will be required.

California state law dictates that permanent spousal support is determined by carefully reviewing numerous factors. The court has tremendous discretion in setting alimony. If you are unable to settle or resolve this issue, then your attorney needs to develop detailed evidence about each factor set forth below. 

Whether you are paying or receiving child support, it is important to work with an experienced attorney who can protect your interests and your children’s interests under California law. The Law Offices of Teresa Beyers in Los Angeles represents either parent in spouse support modifications in the Los Angeles County.



The courts consider a number of factors when determining how much, if any, spousal support to award in a divorce.

  • The length of the marriage
  • The health and age of each spouse
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity
  • Each spouse’s needs based on their standards of living during the marriage
  • Each spouse’s separate property, assets, and financial obligations
  • Whether one spouse helped the other obtain a degree, a career, or a professional license
  • The supported spouse’s ability to care for the children while working
  • Whether the supported spouse’s earning capacity is impaired because of extended periods of unemployment while caring for the home or children
  • The balance of hardship between the spouses

     Spousal support may be temporary or permanent, depending upon the needs of each spouse. There are a number of factors that will determine the length of time spousal support will be provided for, and the amount of spousal support to be given. Your spousal support order could have widespread implications upon your life after divorce, so it is important to have an experienced Los Angeles divorce attorney like us advocating on your behalf.


Contact The Law Offices Of Teresa Beyers

     If you and the co-parent cannot agree on child support, Los Angeles child support modifications attorney Teresa Beyers is prepared to argue on your behalf in court.

We offer 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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