When a couple separates or divorces, the court may order one spouse to pay the other a certain amount of support money each month. This is called “spousal support.” A spousal support award is not mandatory in dissolution or legal separation proceedings in California. Courts have discretion (within statutory parameters) to deny spousal support altogether or to limit it in an amount and duration that reflects the ability of both parties to provide for their own needs.
A judge takes many things into consideration when determining the amount of spousal support that should be ordered. These include:
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Usually, spousal support is tax deductible for the paying spouse and taxable income for the supported spouse.
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