How is Alimony Calculated in CA?
Determining the amount and duration of alimony.
Alimony can be temporary or permanent and is based on the needs of each spouse. There are several factors that are taken into consideration when determining the duration and amount of support to be given. Marital factors include the length of the marriage and standard of living of the parties prior to the divorce. Other factors include the age and income of both parties.
During the marriage, one spouse may have put their career on hold to raise children. This spouse may be entitled to compensation depending on how long they were out of the workforce.
The purpose of temporary alimony is to sustain both parties’ current financial situation during the divorce. This period of time the time of the initial separation up until the final division of property. Much like child support, temporary alimony is based on a statutory formula. Factors that are taken into consideration are both parties’ incomes as well as healthcare and childcare costs.