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Who is eligible for spousal support?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2017 | Family Law

A common question we get from family law clients who are going through a divorce process is who is eligible for spousal support. This depends on the case and its important that you consult with an experienced attorney at the beginning of your divorce process so you can have full understanding of what the possible outcomes of your settlement may be and so you can make informed decisions while negotiating your case.

Usually at the time of the divorce the person who has the lowest income is the most viable candidate to receive spousal support. This also means that the party with the highest income would be the one paying the support.

Another frequently asked question is how long spousal support is going to be for. In the state of California, the court takes into consideration the duration of the marriage, among other things.

If the couple was married for less than ten years, then the spousal support may be granted for half the length of the marriage. For example, if you were married for eight years, you could be entitled for four years of spousal support. However, if the parties were married for ten or more years, then the court may not necessarily set an end date to spousal support.

The amount of spousal support you may receive or pay, is set by a computer software at court. An experienced law firm would be familiar with how this software works and can assist you with by estimating the amount of spousal support most likely to be granted by a judge.

If you would like to learn more about spousal support, whether you’re the party most likely to receive the support, or if you’re the one paying and are looking for legal representation, we’d be happy to assist you. Please contact us for a free consultation, click here to schedule or send a SMS to 619-648-9652.

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