Spousal Support Attorney Located in Pasadena, California and Serving the
Greater Los Angeles Area
Spousal support or alimony is authorized under California law. There are
two types of spousal support; Temporary (pendente lite) and permanent
support. Both are terms of art as they do not mean what they imply. Temporary
support is support ordered duing the pendency of the divorce proceeding.
Permanent support is that support ordered at the time the divorce becomes
final. Temporary support is calculated with a computer software program.
Permanent support is determined by applying certain statutory factors such as:
- The length of the marriage
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The needs of each party
- Financial resources and liabilities of each party, including separate property
- Each party's source(s) of income
- The impact of the custodial parent's employment on the needs of the
- The age and health of each spouse
- Each spouses' ability to be self supporting
- Tax consequences to each party
- The contribution of each party to domestic duties
- The contribution of each party to the education and training of the other party
- Domestic violence
In a marriage of short duration, (presumed to be under ten years) spousal
support is usually ordered for one-half the length of the marriage. In
a marriage of long duration, (presumed to be more than ten years) spousal
support is usually ordered for an indefinite duration subject to modication.
Given the variations in the law and the numerous factors affecting the
amount of spousal support payable from one party to the other, it is essential
that you receive sound legal advice, whether you are the party paying
support or the party receiving support. If litigation is in your best
interest, we meticulously discover and document all relevant factors and
aggressively advocate on your behalf to ensure that the Court's order
of support is fair and just.
At the Law Offices of Randy W. Medina, we work diligently to negotiate,
litigate, draft, and implement alimony orders that meet the needs of our
Los Angeles area clients without sacrificing valuable rights. Whether
your matter requires a simple amicable agreement or consideration of highly
complicated financial assets, we offer considerable experience in achieving
favorable alimony terms for our clients.
We also assist individuals who seek modification of an existing support
order due to a change in circumstances and we can assist you in enforcing
an existing order for spousal support.
Please do not hesitate to
contact our firm today for assistance with your spousal support needs.