Trusted Pasadena Spousal Support (Alimony) Lawyers
Gille Law Group Can Assist with All Aspects of Your Divorce
Depending on the specific circumstances of your divorce, you may be asked to pay spousal support (sometimes called alimony) to your former spouse, or you may be entitled to collect spousal support from your spouse. Call Pasadena divorce lawyers at Gille Law Group for assistance with this and other issues in your dissolution of marriage.
Some of the benefits of working with Gille Law Group include:
- Our firm is backed by a high level of client satisfaction
- Our attorneys have the financial expertise to help you with all aspects of spousal support
- You can work with a Certified Family Law Specialist or other experienced attorney
With decades of combined legal experience, the legal team at Gille Law Group knows what it takes to seek a favorable resolution to your spousal support issues.
When Will Spousal Support Be Awarded in a Divorce?
One spouse may be ordered to pay spousal support in a California divorce if the court determines that the other, lower-earning spouse requires financial support – either during or after the divorce. The purpose of this payment is to ensure that both spouses are able to maintain some semblance of the lifestyle that was established over the course of the marriage, even if it is only temporary. It is common for both spouses to have fewer financial resources after their separation starts, largely because two homes are more costly than one, but spousal support may be ordered to ensure that neither spouse suffers an unfair reduction in lifestyle after the divorce.
Whether you are interested in seeking spousal support or you will be asked to pay it, you can trust the Pasadena divorce attorneys at Gille Law Group to protect your best interests.
How Is Spousal Support Calculated in California?
In California, a family law judge will take a number of factors into consideration when making a decision about whether or not to award spousal support in a divorce – and, if so, in what amount. This will vary from case to case, depending on each couple's unique financial needs.
Just a few of the many factors that will be considered include:
- The overall length of the marriage
- The standard of living that was established during the marriage
- The age, physical health and emotional state of both spouses
- The ability of the higher-earning spouse to support the other
- The marketable skills of the spouse seeking financial support
- The balance of hardship to each of the former spouses
How Long Will Spousal Support Obligations Last?
Temporary support is often ordered in both short-term (less than 10 years) and long-term marriages.
Once final spousal support is ordered at the end of a divorce case, it is usually established at half the length of the marriage for a short term marriage, defined as less than 10 years in duration. The lower-earning spouse may need to work toward financial independence while the divorce is still pending or very soon after the divorce is final. Gille Law Group will evaluate your situation and pursue your best spousal support options.
Although "permanent" spousal support exists in California, it usually does not mean "life time." Spousal support, even for a long marriage, is awarded with the goal that the supported spouse eventually becomes self-supporting. Accordingly, spousal support is often "stepped down" as the supported spouse becomes more self-sufficient, and is almost always adjusted or even terminated when the paying spouse retires. Other factors may reduce or terminate support, so it is almost never "for life."
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Initially going through a divorce or later modifying previous orders may be some of the most challenging times in your life. The process can be simplified if you enlist the help of our experienced family law attorneys in Pasadena. Gille Law Group is dedicated to helping individuals and families through the divorce process.
Do not let a difficult divorce keep you from carrying on with your life. Turn to Gille Law Group for the help that you need.