You Have Questions about Spousal Support

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If you will be paying or receiving spousal support, it will be a crucial issue in your case. Approach it strategically with skilled counsel.


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The higher-earning spouse may pay support to a lower-earning spouse temporarily or permanently, even if the recipient is employed.

  • Alimony is called “spousal support” in California.
  • The Court will award temporary spousal support to maintain the parties’ status quo while the divorce is pending.
  • Permanent or long-term spousal support depends on the length of the marriage and the marital status of living enjoyed during the marriage.
  • One party may need to support the other spouse even if he or she is employed, based upon the requesting party’s needs and the higher-earning party’s ability to pay.

Calculating spousal support can be complicated if one party owns a business or the parties have multiple sources of income.

  • Spousal support is calculated based on “income that is available for support” when the order is made – either when a settlement agreement is executed or at the time of trial.
  • Determining income may require financial or industry experts to get it right.
  • Spousal support is not straightforward when the higher-earning party receives deferred compensation such as performances bonuses, profit-sharing, or equity incentives, like stock options.

Appropriate strategy can help protect your rights as a support payor or support recipient.

  • You may be anxious to know how much spousal support (alimony) you will either pay or receive, and how long this support will continue. We can answer your questions.
Set Your Support Expectations

The unknowns regarding spousal support can be daunting. After discussing the circumstances of your case, length of your marriage, and your assets, we can help you understand how California law will apply to your situation. Our professionals can prepare you and take a tailored approach to strategically protect your interests.

How We Can Help:
  • Demonstrate your need for temporary or permanent spousal support.
  • Limit what income can be considered for support or get a “seek-work” order.
  • Determine amount and duration of spousal support.
  • Modify an existing spousal support order.
Get What You’re Entitled To

If you expect to pay or receive spousal support (alimony), we can help you protect your interests and regain control over the situation. We can help uncover hidden income or impute income to an under-performing spouse.

Johnson Attorneys Group: Spousal Support Attorneys in Orange County, CA

Spousal support (alimony) can be a hotly contested part of the divorce process. Former spouses who expect to pay or receive support usually have different definitions of “fair” – and what the recipient spouse actually needs (as opposed to what they want). The California courts will use the divorcing couple’s marital standard of living, finances, earning capacity, health, and other factors to set long term spousal support.

At Johnson Attorneys Group, our reputable Orange County divorce lawyers are well-versed in California law relating to spousal support. They have the skill, expertise, resources, and knowledge to handle your spousal support case competently while protecting your interests.

Call 949-942-8784 to set up a confidential consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

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