Spousal Support in California | What You Need to Know

Divorce is an extremely complex issue, as oftentimes, spouses have a lot at stake, ranging from child custody, property division, and, of course, spousal support, or alimony. If you are currently going through the divorce process, you are most likely wondering how alimony works in the state of California. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Los Angeles divorce attorneys to learn more about alimony in California and how our legal team can assist you through every step of the divorce process ahead. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How is spousal support decided on in California?

As you can imagine, determining an alimony structure is seldom simple. Courts in California will consider a wide array of factors when determining your alimony agreement, including the following:

  • You and your spouse’s age and health
  • The duration of your marriage (this is perhaps the most important factor)
  • You and your spouse’s yearly salaries
  • You and your spouse’s earning potential
  • The standard of living that was established over the course of your marriage
  • Your child custody agreement, if you have one

You should note that when determining an alimony structure, courts in California will consider any other factor they deem relevant to your specific case, which is why it is so important that you hire an experienced California divorce attorney who can fight for your best interests.

Am I allowed to modify or cancel spousal support in CA?

After an initial divorce settlement is reached, it is not uncommon for one or both spouses to eventually require a modification to their initial agreement. This is because life changes all the time, and financial circumstances can change as well. Fortunately, courts in California recognize this, and as long as one spouse can prove that there has been a significant and continuing change in circumstances, he or she should receive a modification to the initial alimony agreement. Some of the most common reasons for modifying spousal support are as follows:

  • One spouse gets a promotion or a higher paying job
  • One spouse is demoted or fired from their job
  • One spouse remarries and no longer requires support
  • One spouse receives a large inheritance
  • One spouse develops a serious medical condition

If you believe you qualify for a modification, please do not hesitate to 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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