Alimony

Alimony

Alimony (which is also commonly known as spousal support) is generally a payment that is made on a monthly basis to cover everyday expenses and ensure the financial security of an individual after a divorce or separation. Under California law, either party to a divorce may be entitled to alimony, depending on the person’s financial situation.

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Quite often in marriages, only one person has a steady job and is the one who earns a large portion of the family’s income, while the other person either works part-time or has the job of taking care of the children and the household. Whenever there is a major difference in the earning potential of one spouse from the other, the spouse who earns less may ask the other for spousal support. A qualified Torrance family law lawyer in the Los Angeles, Torrance, or South Bay areas may be able to assist you with handling the particulars of your case.

Alimony can be temporary or permanent, based on the needs of each spouse. Once you decide on an attorney, he or she will tell you that there are several factors that will have to be taken into consideration when determining the duration of time that alimony will be provided and the actual amount of support to be given. Some of the factors to be considered include the length of the marriage, both parties’ incomes, how old the parties are, and the standard of living of the parties prior to the divorce.

Moreover, much like child support, temporary alimony is based on a statutory formula. The purpose of it is to keep the status quo (financially speaking) from the time of the initial separation up until the time of the final division of property. Up for consideration at this time is the amount of the parties’ incomes, as well as healthcare and childcare costs.

Something else to keep in mind with regard to alimony is that if a spouse puts his or her career on hold in order to raise children, he or she may be entitled to compensation for that depending on how long he or she was out of the workforce. If you need a Torrance family law attorney in the Los Angeles, Torrance or South Bay areas, please call the Daigneault Law Firm for a free consultation.

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