Does California Have Permanent Spousal Support?
California has both temporary and permanent spousal support. Temporary spousal support is awarded during the pendency of a divorce. Permanent spousal support is awarded as part of a final divorce decree. Permanent spousal support is also called long-term spousal support in California and is not necessarily “permanent.” However, it often lasts several years. Spouses may agree on a support amount, or the court may determine an amount based on the…Read More
How Remarriage Can Affect Alimony
Typically a spousal support or alimony award in California terminates upon the remarriage of the ex-spouse receiving support. This is the most common spousal support agreement between couples and the court order. However, there are situations where spousal support continues into an ex-spouse’s remarriage and others where support terminates well before a legal remarriage occurs. The following briefly explains California’s spousal support laws and the effect remarriage has on spousal…Read More
What’s the Difference Between Alimony and Spousal Support?
There are many contentious issues that can come up when you are getting divorced. Often, these include child custody, child support, property division, alimony, and spousal support. Of all of these, issues concerning alimony and spousal support seem to be the most controversial and are more likely to end up in court before a judge. What is the Difference Between Alimony and Spousal Support? In all actuality, there is no…Read More
Can I Get Alimony While the Divorce is Pending?
Divorce is always a stressful experience. It becomes more stressful if you are the lower-earning spouse who is trying to make ends meet after the initial separation. This is a common problem in the early phases of separation and divorce. The divorce has been filed, but your spouse isn’t paying you any support. You can’t make ends meet. What do you do? What is Spousal Support? In California, you can…Read More
Couples Rushing to Finalize Divorces Before the End of the Year
Couples across the country are racing to finalize their divorces before the end of the year. Courts have indicated that they are already seeing more divorce cases than is typical for this time of the year. Why? Starting January 1, 2019, new tax laws go into effect. Some of these laws will have a significant impact on the divorce process. One change in particular – involving spousal support – is…Read More
How Will the GOP Tax Law Affect Alimony Payments in Los Angeles?
When couples get divorced in Los Angeles, it is not uncommon for the spouse who earns less money to ask for alimony. Alimony, which is often referred to as spousal support, is a form of financial assistance that is paid by one spouse to another. Many times, spouses do not have equal earning capacities. In some cases, one spouse may not even have an income. When the couple gets divorced,…Read More
How Soon Can I Get Spousal Support?
If you and your spouse have decided to separate or divorce, one of you may be planning to move out. While it is common for one spouse to move out after separation, in many cases it presents a financial problem. Where there was once one household being maintained on your family income, there are now two households that have to be paid for. This means that rent, utilities and other…Read More
Can My Domestic Partner Ask for Spousal Support?
Domestic partnerships in California are becoming more common, as are same-sex marriages. Some couples decide to enter into a domestic partnership instead of a same-sex marriage for personal reasons. However, in the eyes of California family law, a domestic partnership is a lot like a marriage. Registered domestic partnerships are defined as two adults agreeing to be in an intimate, committed and caring relationship, formalized with a filing of a…Read More