Are Men Allowed to Collect Alimony in California?

If during the course of your marriage you made significantly less than your spouse, there’s a strong chance you’ll qualify for alimony after you get divorced. That said, there is a stigma surrounding alimony in that many people still assume that only women will collect alimony payments. Please continue reading and reach out to a knowledgeable Los Angeles divorce attorney from our firm to learn more about how alimony works here in the state of California and whether men can collect it. Here are some of the questions you may have:

Does the state of California allow men to collect alimony payments?

Yes. Both men and women can collect alimony here in the state of California. Gender, when it comes to alimony, is irrelevant. Instead, alimony agreements are determined based on a wide array of other factors, including the following:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • Both spouse’s income
  • Both spouse’s age and health
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity
  • The standard of living established in the marriage
  • Whether there is a child custody/support agreement in place
  • Tax consequences
  • Any other factor the court deems relevant

Does alimony ever end in California?

It can. Typically, when one party can prove that there has been a significant and continuing change in circumstances that no longer warrants alimony to be paid, they can request something known as a post-judgment modification. For example, if the person receiving alimony gets remarried, it will almost always constitute an end to alimony. Additionally, if the spouse receiving alimony hits the lottery, gets a higher paying job, or otherwise comes into a large sum of money, it may warrant termination of an alimony agreement. Alimony is a complex and often contentious issue in divorce, which is why if you’re looking to receive it, you need our experienced Los Angeles spousal support attorneys in your corner. We’ve helped countless individuals in your position over the years, and we’re prepared to put our knowledge and dedication to work for you as well. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call today.

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Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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