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If you are married for 6 years with no kids do you have to pay alimony?

Bakersfield, CA |

just wondering if the laws have changed. It used to be 10 or more

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For a marriage of less than 10 years, the general rule is that spousal support may be ordered for half the duration of the matrimony.

At the temporary, or pendente lite, stage of the dissolution, the Court will look primarily to the parties' respective incomes. A permanent spousal support award is theoretically governed by Fam C §4320.


You are mistaken. In California there has never been a 10 year rule for paying spousal support. The 10 year rule only determines whether or not you pay for a defined term (1/2 the length of the marriage) or indefinitely. Whether or not you would be required to pay spousal support depends primarily on the differences in income of the parties. Permanent support will also be determined based on the the factors contained in Family Code Section 4320. How long you pay is negotiable but generally in short term marriages is 1/2 the length of the marriage.

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Yes, perhaps. I am including a link below which explains how spousal support works. Good luck.

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