Spousal Support


Spousal Support in California

Spousal support in California is a complicated matter. You may be entitled to spousal support or you may have to pay your spouse. It is a good idea for you to to be familiar with the process of determining how spousal support is calculated. It is best to speak with a knowledgeable family law attorney that has years of experience with spousal support matters.

How Much Will I Get or Have to Pay?

California’s family courts refer to California Family Code Section 4320 when determining how much a spouse is entitled to receive in spousal support payments. Some of the factors that the court considers are each spouse’s ability to maintain the standard of living that was established during the marriage, employment and employability factors, the ability of the supporting spouse to pay, assets, financial obligations, the needs of each party, and age and health of the parties. The court balances the hardships of the parties and considers any other factors the courts determines to be just and equitable.

How Long Will Spousal Support Last?

The goal of spousal support is to sustain the standard of living of the supported spouse. It is intended that the supported spouse becomes self-supporting within a reasonable amount of time. In marriages lasting less than 10 years, the court considers a reasonable amount of time to generally be one-half the duration of the marriage. Speaking with an experienced family law attorney will give you a better idea of how long you may be entitled to receive or pay spousal support.

Spousal Support Modifications and Termination

In many cases, the supporting spouse is under the impression that that they are obligated to pay spousal support with no limit in duration. It may be possible to end spousal support. An experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney, such as the ones at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin, will develop a support elimination or reduction strategy based on the history of the case and the terms of a marital settlement agreement.

California does not require lifetime support. There are many circumstances to consider when determining if it is time for a reduction or termination of spousal support. If your former spouse has remarried or is living with a person they are romantically involved with, you need to contact a family law attorney as soon as possible as you may be able to terminate your spousal support obligations. The spousal support attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin will evaluate your case to determine whether a reduction or termination of spousal support is in order.

Our Firm’s Spousal Support Practice

The family law attorneys at Arata, Swingle, Van Egmond & Goodwin have knowledgeable and practical experience handling spousal support matters. Our attorneys put your interests first. We work one to one with our clients to determine if it is time to modify or terminate spousal support.

We are the firm to call when you need sound legal advice from a knowledgeable spousal support attorney. To speak with a family law attorney about your specific spousal support issues, call our spousal support lawyers at (209) 522-2211 or contact us here.