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Written by attorney Michael Joseph Monarch

How Does Spousal Support Work In California?

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a financial allowance that the court orders one spouse to pay to the other in order to maintain an accustomed lifestyle for a certain period of time after a divorce. In general, the spouse with a higher income is ordered to financially assist the spouse who has a lower or no income. Additionally, temporary support, or “pendente lite”, may be ordered to support the lower earner during the divorce proceedings. Spousal support is an important factor of divorce settlements and should be thoroughly understood by both spouses.

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