Los Angeles Spousal Support Attorney
California statutes set forth a long list of factors considered in determining permanent spousal support. Included in that list are such things as the age and health of the parties, their education, training, length of time working, length of the marriage (short v. long), each persons earning ability, expenses, tax consequences, and other economic factors. A judge must also make a decision as to the duration and amount of support. Because California has not adopted guidelines for the determination of spousal support as it has for child support, the question of spousal support can be a real source of contention between the parties.
Temporary Spousal Support
During the period between filing a petition for dissolution of marriage and the final judgment, a spouse may request, and the court may make an order for, temporary support based on the same factors considered in making a final support award. A temporary order will not affect the final order but may set the baseline of what to expect. During this temporary support period each county court, such as Los Angeles County has a Guideline that is used to calculate what is generally considered to be the appropriate amount of support. The Courts of course has discretion to order temporary support that is different from the Guideline.
I work to help you negotiate a satisfactory spousal support settlement with your former spouse with minimal court intervention. However, I am ready to pursue court intervention if negotiations fail.