Alimony is court ordered support paid by one spouse to another after they are separated. It is more commonly referred to now as Spousal Maintenance or Spousal Support and is intended to maintain the standard of living that both spouses became accustomed to during the marriage.
3 different types of alimony that can be awarded include:
- Permanent support: This is an arrangement where one spouse pays another until death, or remarriage of the spouse receiving support. This can be awarded for long term marriages.
- Temporary support: Is an arrangement that lasts for a specific period of time. It is usually awarded to a spouse for a specified period of time.
- Rehabilitative support: Is intended for a spouse who needs assistance re-entering the job force. This usually takes the form of vocational or college training expenses. Stay at home moms who have not worked in years may receive this sort of support.
There are many factors that the courts consider when determining whether or not to award California spousal support. Variables such as the length of the marriage, contributions a spouse may make as a homemaker, earning potential of a spouse, and the ability and means for which a spouse would be able to care for children, are all taken into consideration by the courts.
The alimony attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have extensive experience negotiating spousal support. Whether it is a pre-trial divorce settlement negotiation, or fighting for your hard earned money in a court of law, our attorneys are adept at securing the most favorable dispositions for our clients. If you are going through a divorce, don’t leave the important matter of your future financial well-being to chance; contact an experienced California divorce attorney at Wallin & Klarich today for a free consultation of your case.
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