Alimony, also known as spousal support, is money paid from one former spouse to another after a divorce. It is calculated completely separately from child support because it is based on a former spouse’s needs, not on the children’s needs. All divorces where the couple has minor children together include a child support order, but not all divorces involve alimony.
If there have been considerable changes in circumstances since the date of your spousal support order, you may be eligible for modification. For example, imprisonment or loss of employment are both legitimate reasons to request a California spousal support modification order. If you've experienced a change in circumstance and need to modify your spousal support, here are the steps you should take to do so.
In a divorce or legal separation proceeding, a judge may order one spouse to pay the other alimony or spousal support as part of the separation judgment. With this in mind, what are the factors that determine spousal support? First and foremost, spousal support is based on the extent of each spouse’s earning capacity and how much is required to maintain the standard of living the pair enjoyed as a couple.
What can you do when you have an order for child support but the other parent refuses to pay? An earnings withholding order to collect support requires an employer to deduct a specified amount from the employee parent's paycheck automatically. Courts often issue withholding orders when a person refuses to pay a child or spousal support order voluntarily.
Learn what issues are influenced by a long term vs short term marriage in divorce, particularly the impact on a California spousal support order.
When a couples file for divorce or legal separation, the court may order a spouse or domestic partner to pay spousal support (also called partner support in domestic partnerships) on a monthly basis. Spousal support is a complicated legal issue and many factors are considered when determining whether a court orders short term vs lifetime [...]
When a person files for divorce, spousal support (alimony) can be awarded by the to one party based on economic need or a marital settlement agreement. In essence, the purpose of spousal support is to make sure the lower-wage earning spouse or the non-wage earning spouse is fairly compensated upon the dissolution of marriage. Spousal [...]
The award of spousal support or alimony from one party to another is the court's way of balancing the incomes of the parties consistent with their lifestyle during the marriage. There are many reasons why it might be necessary to change a spousal support order. Sometimes the person paying the support has had a substantial reduction [...]