Spousal Support Attorneys in Orange County

Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, Orange County Women Lawyers Association, OCTLA, OCWLASpousal support, also known as alimony, is a financial payment made by one spouse to the other after a divorce or legal separation. The purpose of spousal support is to provide financial assistance to the spouse who is in a weaker financial position, typically the person who’s been out of the workforce or has lower earning potential.

If one spouse earns significantly more than the other, spousal support may be an issue if they divorce. Spousal support is a common topic when one partner gave up their career to stay at home to focus on the children and home. The role of spousal support in divorce has changed tremendously over the years, so you may be unsure whether or not it’s relevant in your divorce.

Take some time to find an Orange County spousal support attorney who can help you navigate your rights and options as you move forward. All of the firms listed here have been verified to be local to you and ready to help.

Helpful Information About Choosing an Orange County Spousal Support Lawyer

  • You can research the Bar license status, suspensions or reprimands of an attorney at the California Bar Association website.
  • The California Bar Association offers a “Specialist” certification for family attorneys, if they choose to pursue it. Not every one who is facing a spousal support dispute needs a California Bar Certified Family Law Specialist, but some people prefer a lawyer who is specialized in this area of law. Certified family law specialists tend to require a higher rate than non-certified lawyers.
  • Spousal support lawyers typically require an initial retainer for services, often $1,000 – $5,000 or more depending on the complexities of your circumstances.

Is Spousal Support Always Ordered?

In the past, spousal support was a standard part of divorce. This was in a time when women were largely financially dependent on men and were traditionally left disadvantaged after divorce. Now, spousal support is only ordered when the circumstances of the marriage call for it. If the divorce is likely to leave one party at a significant disadvantage when it comes to maintaining their standard of living, spousal support may be on the table for discussion.

How Long Does Spousal Support Last?

There are no hard and fast rules for spousal support, as the court has a lot of discretion in this area. However, the court generally starts with half the length of the marriage. The goal generally isn’t to support the lower-earning party for the rest of their life. The goal is to provide extra support as they gain the skills and education needed to support themselves. As a result, permanent alimony is very rare.

Orange County Child Support Lawyers:

Hughes & Hughes, LLP

Hughes & Hughes, LLP

Prescott & Prescott Inc

Prescott & Prescott Inc

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Relevant Factors Impacting Spousal Support

A number of factors come into play when deciding whether or not to order spousal support and how much to order. These factors include:

  • The specific needs of each spouse
  • The standard of living enjoyed by each spouse during the marriage
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity
  • How much education and training the lower-earning spouse would need to become self-sufficient
  • The higher-earning spouse’s ability to pay
  • Each party’s age and health
  • Contributions made to the marriage, both financial and non-financial

Spousal Support Attorneys Near Me:

Baron Legal...

12437 Lewis Street, Suite 204 Garden Grove, CA 92840
12437 Lewis Street, Suite 204 Garden Grove, CA 92840

Daniel Kern...

17291 Irvine Blvd Suite 100 Tustin, CA 92780
17291 Irvine Blvd Suite 100 Tustin, CA 92780

AKPC Law...

1855 W Katella Ave Orange, CA 92867
1855 W Katella Ave Orange, CA 92867

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12900 Garden Grove Blvd #132, Garden Grove, CA 92843
12900 Garden Grove Blvd #132, Garden Grove, CA 92843

Modifying or Terminating Spousal Support in California

There are circumstances that may call for changing or ending spousal support. To start, spousal support ends when the receiving spouse remarries or when either party dies. However, the paying spouse may request a modification if they believe that circumstances have changed. This may occur if the paying spouse has had a significant decrease in income or increase in expenses. A modification may also be appropriate if the receiving party has increased their income to a point where they can be considered self-sufficient.

What is the Process to Modify Spousal Support in California?

To get a spousal support modification in California, you will need to file a request with the court. The process for a modification of spousal support in California is as follows:

  1. File a Request for Order (Form FL-300) with the court.
  2. Serve your spouse with a copy of the Request for Order. This can be done by mail or in person, depending on the court’s requirements.
  3. Attend a court hearing. The court will schedule a hearing to determine whether a modification of spousal support is warranted.
  4. Provide evidence to support your request for a modification. This may include financial information, such as pay stubs or tax returns, as well as evidence of any changes in circumstances that would justify a spousal support modification.
  5. The court will consider the evidence and make a decision on whether to grant the modification, the new amount and the duration of the spousal support.

It’s important to note that the court will only consider a modification if there has been a significant change in circumstances since the original order for spousal support was made, such as a change in income, health, or job status of either spouse.

Additionally, under California law, someone recently convicted of domestic abuse or sexual violence against their spouse cannot receive alimony. In most cases, someone recently convicted of a misdemeanor for a crime against their spouse will also not be able to receive spousal support.

An Orange County Spousal Support Lawyer Can Help You Understand Your Rights

Whether you think you’ll pay or receive alimony, or need to make modifications to an existing spousal support order make sure you protect yourself at every turn. Discuss your options with an attorney from our list of Orange County spousal support law firms.

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