Spousal Support/Alimony

Regardless of the length of the marriage, a party may request a spousal support order from the court, pending the divorce becoming final. Such support is usually based on the same DissoMaster or similar program that is used to calculate child support.

A divorced person is required to take steps to become self-supporting under the eyes of California Law. However, a spouse who has sacrificed an education and career to stay home and raise children or assume all the responsibilities of homemaking is in a very different situation than a spouse who is well educated and highly employable but who refuses to take a job, even if employment is available and there are no minor children in the home.

The law provides a court may terminate spousal support permanently and irrevocably for a marriage of less than 10 years. California law presumes that a spouse should be able to return to self-sufficiency within half the length of the marriage provided the marriage was less than ten years long. This presumption does not apply in long-term marriages of more than ten years.

Whether you are the sole support of your family or have been a stay-at-home parent and homemaker, it is important to know your rights and obligations at the time of separation and divorce.

Christine D. Callahan, Attorney at Law



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