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Spousal Support

Los Angeles Spousal Support Lawyer

Fighting for Alimony in Southern California

Do you have questions about spousal support? When you’re going through a divorce, reaching a support agreement can be tricky and is often contentious. When already dealing with the pain of a separation, an experienced spousal support lawyer, like Attorney Diane Marmolejo, can help reduce your stress and be your advocate in court. Whether you have questions about paying or receiving spousal support, Marmolejo Law can provide you with the information you need to make legal decisions that are in you and your family’s best interest.

Contact us now at (310) 736-2063 to schedule a consultation with our LA spousal support attorney. We serve Playa del Rey, Culver City, Mar Vista, and Santa Monica.

How to Calculate Spousal Support in CA

In California, only a relatively small percentage of divorces result in a spousal support order and determining the amount of spousal support awarded can be a complicated process. At Marmolejo Law, we have extensive knowledge of California family codes and have handled numerous spousal support cases. We will help prepare you, ensuring that all documents and materials are collected, and be your fiercest advocate throughout the entire process.

When determining spousal support, courts consider many aspects, including:

  • The length of marriage or partnership
  • The standard of living during the marriage, and each person’s needs related to such
  • The ability of each person to maintain that standard of living
  • The needs of any children or dependents, and the impact those needs have on each individual’s ability to work
  • Individual and joint debt and/or property
  • The income capacity of both people, and whether or not one person’s career was affected by situations such as unemployment or the need to take care of children or the home
  • The health and age of each person

How Long is Spousal Support in California?

In California, spousal support may last up to half the length of a marriage that lasts ten years or less. For example, if one spouse needed support after an eight-year marriage, alimony would typically last four years. These couples can expect spousal support to last as long as the judge feels necessary.

When determining spousal support, California courts will follow specific guidelines that help to establish an equitable financial situation for both parties. In general, spousal support is calculated and awarded based on the marriage length.

Spousal support can be terminated if one of the following exists:

  • A court has ordered the support to end on a specific date
  • The receiving spouse gets remarried
  • One of the spouses dies

Contact Marmolejo Law, APC at (310) 736-2063 to make an appointment.

Can You Modify Spousal Support in CA?

If you are seeking to change your original spousal support orders, you may do so within a court that lies within the county where you originally filed. In order for your request to become justifiable in the eyes of a judge, there must be certain circumstances that exist. These include:

A substantial change in circumstances that can include a loss of income or job

The spouse that was receiving the payments gets remarried or is currently making enough income to support themselves.

There are certain steps you must take to file for a change in your order. These include filling out court forms, reviewing documents, serving your spouse, and booking a court date. Our spousal support attorney serves all of Los Angeles County and is ready to take your call.

Marmolejo Law Has Answers to Your Questions

When the issue of spousal support arises, people often have many questions. For example: What if I make less money than my spouse? How long do I have to pay spousal support? What happens if I or my ex-spouse get remarried? Do we have to do this through the courts?

At Marmolejo Law, we have the answers to all these questions and any others you may have. We firmly believe in protecting the rights of our clients and are committed to ensuring that you are aware of all your options so that you can make legal decisions with confidence. If you are going through a divorce and have questions or concerns about spousal support, you don’t have to go it alone.

Call our experienced Los Angeles spousal support attorney at Marmolejo Law today: (310) 736-2063.


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