Taking a Look at Spousal Support in California
IntroductionSpousal support, more commonly known as alimony, is an important part of any divorce in California. You don't want to avoid the topic of alimony when discussing divorce with your spouse. It is something that will be reviewed by the courts and then issued to one of you. Let's take a look at spousal support in the state and figure out why it is so important.
It can be difficult to determine whether or not your former spouse will even pay an order of spousal support from the court. The court can take the time to determine an appropriate amount but there's no guarantee your former spouse will make the payments.
Spousal support is not meant to be a lifetime payment from your former spouse, which can be a common misconception among people getting divorced for the first time. It is viewed more as a rehabilitative payment. It helps people get back on their feet and survive while earning a degree, getting trained in a new career, or seeking employment. The payments will typically end when the recipient gets married again.
Support TrendsFollowing trends in lifestyle changes, spousal support has adapted with the times. More women are paying their former husbands alimony than in the past. This is due to more men being primary parents and women earning more than their former spouse.
When you get into a discussion about spousal support it is possible for the two of you to settle this issue without the help of the court. If you can't, you will need to provide the court with some financial documents to help with the decision.