Spousal support, or alimony, is a financial obligation that the court orders one spouse to pay the other spouse when a marriage dissolves for support each month.
This monthly support obligation is called “spousal support” and allows the spouse to maintain a similar standard of living which they were accustomed to during the marriage. Either parent can request that the amount of spousal support be changed if there is a change in circumstance by either party. Additionally, when spousal support is awarded, the spousal support payments can be enforced by the court. In determining spousal support the court will consider circumstances provided under California Family Code § 4320.
Alimony creates a debtor/creditor relationship between you and your spouse and leaves a lasting connection between both of you until the obligation for alimony ends.Many times, we must take an in depth look into the parties’ actual income and available assets, the marital standard of living, and other complex issues.
Alimony awards are based upon many different variables:
- The receiving spouse’s education, health, work history, and earning potential
- The length of the marriage
- The paying spouse’s income, earning potential, and health
- The existence and enforceability of a prenuptial agreement
- The marital standard of living
In California, there are two basic types of spousal support: