Spousal Support Attorneys in Granite Bay, California
There are two sides to every spousal support argument. On the one hand, you have the person paying support who is anxious about it being a hefty burden and to have that payment end, and on the other hand, you have the person receiving spousal support who is worried about it being enough and about the day that it ceases. Understanding why you will be paying or receiving spousal support is crucial to coming to terms with the orders or agreements that are eventually made to resolve the issue.
In many cases, one spouse has come to be financially dependent upon the other. If the marriage ends the supported party may not be able to support themselves without the help of their spouse. Spousal support (or alimony) is an order which may require one spouse to pay a certain sum of money to the other spouse to enable the supported partner to maintain a standard of living similar to that which they had prior to the separation. These orders are often temporary and are intended to help the supported spouse become self-sufficient, if possible.
There are many factors that go into determining whether an award of spousal support is proper, what the amount of the support will be, and what the duration of the spousal support order will be – if one is made. The orders that are made depend in large part on various factors outlined in several different sections of the family code. Some of the most important ones are:
The earning ability of the parties
The age of the parties
Whether one party had dedicated themselves to raising children and not pursuing employment
The length of the marriage
Allegations of domestic violence
These are just examples of what the judge may consider, and making an appropriate determination on these issues can be challenging. The experienced family law attorneys at Herrig, Vogt & Hensley, LLP will not only guide you through the factors the court might consider in your case but will be there to present your position on each individual factor to maximize the amount you receive or minimize the amount you pay.
Our knowledgeable team understands how stressful and confusing this process can be, and we have helped many clients achieve their goals – whether that means accurately representing their circumstances to ensure the spousal support determination is fair, or helping build a case for the modification of an existing spousal support order.
If you have any questions or concerns about spousal support issues, please feel free to contact our experienced family law attorneys for more information.