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Oakland, CA 94606
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Oakland Spousal Support Attorney

Seeking Fair Treatment in Alimony Cases

Spousal support, which you may also know as alimony, is the amount of money that a judge orders one ex-spouse to pay to the other during or after a divorce. The spousal support system is essentially a way to ease some of the financial difficulties that sometimes follow a divorce.

My name is Shelley A. Gordon, and I have more than 30 years of legal experience, with over 17 of those years devoted to family law issues. As an Oakland spousal support lawyer, I believe that both parties to the divorce deserve to be treated fairly. When you come to my office, I will listen to your concerns, whether you expect to be paying alimony or receiving it. By taking the time to understand your situation, I can provide you with the kind of representation needed to protect your rights in California's family courts.

I encourage you to arrange a consultation to learn more about spousal support and how it may affect your financial life post-divorce. Please call 510-535-2579 or toll free 866-409-6217. You can also contact my Oakland law firm online.

How Does California Spousal Support/Alimony Work?

There are two different kinds of spousal support in California. Depending on the circumstances of your divorce, one or both of these types may affect your case:

Temporary spousal support: This kind of support may be ordered to be paid while the divorce action is pending. It is most commonly awarded in cases where the difference in the incomes of the spouses is great. California judges use guidelines that suggest the amount of temporary support to be paid while the action is pending to try and keep the parties in a position to maintain until the judgment is final.

Permanent spousal support: Contrary to its name, permanent alimony does not last forever. It simply lasts for an extended period following the divorce. How long support lasts depends on how long you were married. There are many other factors judges use when deciding how much support to award and how long it will last. Some of these are:

  • The age and health of each spouse
  • The income of the parties
  • The amount of debt each spouse has
  • The length of the marriage
  • The earning potential of each spouse
  • Career choices made to benefit of support the other's career
  • Periods of non-employment for child rearing responsibilities
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • The amount of child support, if any

It is important to remember that spousal support is not set by statute. Judges have discretion to award alimony and set the amount based on the facts of the case. You may find it beneficial to reach a settlement using mediation, which takes it out of the judge's hands and gives you control of deciding the amount of support.

As your attorney, I will give you an honest appraisal of your case, including how a spousal support award may affect your life going forward. I will work closely with you throughout the entire process, always making myself available to discuss your concerns.

Contact an Alameda County Alimony Lawyer

If you have questions about spousal support in California, I am ready to provide you with answers. You can arrange a consultation with me by calling 510-535-2579 or toll free 866-409-6217. You can also contact my Oakland law office online.

I offer a free 10 minute phone consultation to discuss your preliminary concerns or answer a brief question. If you are interested in a more in-depth meeting to discuss specific issues and obtain advice, I offer an affordable flat fee initial office consultation for $200. Should you choose to retain me, that fee is applied toward the retainer.


At the Law Office of Shelley A. Gordon in Oakland, California, we are pleased to offer representation to clients in Oakland, Alameda, Hayward, Fremont, Pleasanton, Berkley, San Leandro, Livermore, Dublin, Concord, Walnut Creek, El Cerrito and Lafayette as well as Alameda County and Contra Costa County.