San Diego Spousal Support/Alimony Lawyer
Fighting for Your Financial Interests During & After Divorce
If you are considering divorce or you have already filed, it is important to understand your rights and obligations on the matter of spousal support, also known as alimony. This support may be awarded to either spouse regardless of their gender based on the facts and circumstances of the case. Many factors and considerations go into the decision of whether this support will be granted and, if so, its amount and duration.
At The Law Offices of Nadine M. Sayegh, we can assist you in seeking or contesting this support in court or in determining a fair support payment through negotiation or mediation efforts. Our firm can put a highly-experienced and proficient family law representative on your side; founding attorney Nadine Sayegh is a Certified Family Law Specialist per the California State Bar, giving her “expert” status in this practice area. We work with clients both during divorce proceedings and thereafter to modify or terminate alimony agreements.
Types of Spousal Support in California
Alimony or spousal support refers to support paid by one spouse to the other. The amount paid is based on one spouse’s need and the ability of the other to pay. This is designed to help spouses who earn less to maintain the standard of living created before the separation or divorce.
The different types of spousal support that may be granted in California are as follows:
- Temporary. This type of support is paid while the legal process is pending. It is designed to help the lower-earning spouse with monthly expenses until more permanent alimony has been decided as well as with how marital property and debts will be distributed.
- Rehabilitative. This type of support is paid to a dependent or lesser-earning spouse who needs the financial resources to gain essential education, training, or job skills to become financially independent. It is often granted in cases where a spouse has stayed home to care for children and the household.
- Permanent. This is only granted in cases where a spouse cannot independently finance the lifestyle established during the marriage. It is usually reserved for spouses who cannot enter or remain in the workforce due to age, illness, or disability. It is generally granted in marriages lasting 10 years or more.
California also allows for reimbursement support when a spouse has financed the advanced education or training of the other. This support is designed to help the recipient recover his or her financial contribution. It is based on the concept that the recipient will no longer benefit from the advancement of the other’s career or profession due to the divorce.
Courts have wide discretion in determining if spousal support should be granted and, if so, what the amount will be and its duration. Courts look at a variety of factors ranging from the spouses’ earning capacities to what each contributed to the marriage either materially or otherwise, ages and health conditions, financial resources, and more. Spousal support may be paid in periodic installments or a lump sum, depending on the parties' needs, desires, and circumstances.
Need legal advice concerning alimony? Book a confidential case evaluation with our San Diego spousal support attorney at The Law Offices of Nadine M. Sayegh by calling (858) 834-1499 or contacting us via our request form.
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