Seeking Fair Treatment In Alimony Matters
Spousal support, which you may also know as alimony, is the amount of money that a court 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 usually follow a divorce.
My name is Shelley A. Gordon, and I have more than 40 years of legal experience, with over 25 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 consultation needed to protect your rights in California and move forward on the path that is right for you.
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 510-213-6672 or toll-free at 866-409-6217. You can also contact my Oakland law firm online.
How Does Spousal Support/Alimony Work In California?
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 uses guidelines that suggest the amount of temporary support to be paid while any 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 may be many other factors in play when determining how much support to pay and how long the support 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 support the other’s career
- Periods of nonemployment for child-rearing responsibilities
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The amount of child support, if any
Resolving Alimony/Support Issues Through Mediation Or With The Help Of A Consulting Attorney
It is important to remember that spousal support is not set by statute. The amount of alimony is based on a number of factors. 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 an experienced mediator with over 40 years of legal experience and more than 25 years of family law experience, I will take into consideration how spousal support may affect your life going forward. I have extensive experience resolving spousal support matters through the mediation process. I am also available to consult with you about your case as a consulting attorney
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 510-213-6672 or toll-free at 866-409-6217. You can also contact my Oakland law office online.
The Law Office of Shelley A. Gordon offers 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.