While child support figures are determined by way of a formula, the same is not true for spousal support. Child support guidelines take into account each spouse's income, the amount of time the child will spend with each parent and other precise factors.
Spousal support, on the other hand, may be awarded by a family law court taking into account a variety of factors. Talk to an attorney about the likely effects of any of the following factors that may go into determining the spousal support order that will be part of your California divorce:
- The ability of each spouse to maintain marital standard of living in light of earning capacities and income
- Contributions of the recipient spouse to the other spouse's education and career advancement
- The supporting spouse's ability to pay
- Needs of the recipient spouse in light of the marital standard of living that she or he had become accustomed to
- Assets and debts of each party
- Length of the marriage
- Employability of the spouse
- The health and age of the parties
- Any history of domestic violence and spousal abuse
- Tax consequences
- Relative hardships of the parties
- Efforts and goal to become self-supporting
- Other "just and equitable" factors
With all these variables, the determination of how much spousal support should be paid is not formulaic, but rather, takes into account unique circumstances of a marriage on a case-by-case basis. Spousal support is often negotiable along with division of assets, and may be used to offset allocation of some particular property. For example, a spouse who might be entitled to spousal support may request instead to keep a valuable asset such as the marital home or business interests. Negotiation requires a strong knowledge of the law.
If you are approaching a California divorce in a community such as Downey, the spousal support lawyer at the Law Offices of Eugene M. Siegel can be a valuable source of help and information. Attorney Gene Siegel believes in educating clients well before settlement negotiations, mediation or litigation in a courtroom. Clients of this law firm are well prepared to make the right decisions at the right times during the process of a divorce.
Contact a Downey, Whittier and Norwalk Spousal Support Lawyer
Contact us online or at 562-862-7541 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to learn about all of your rights and entitlements under the California Laws and Statutes as it applies to legal matters and discuss divorce, spousal support, debt division or family law concerns with an experienced Downey alimony/spousal support lawyer. We offer Saturday afternoon appointments upon request. Our office is located on the corner of Florence and Downey Avenue. Free parking is available.