Understanding Aspects of Alimony
Alimony or spousal support is not a required factor in a California
legal separation. This kind of support may or may not be ordered by the court, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Courts may deny it completely or limit it in amount and duration, based on the ability of both parties to support themselves. Thus, an alimony award is based on the standard of living created during the marriage, the individual needs of the divorcing spouses and their ability to pay for those needs.
If you need legal assistance with alimony, it is in your best interests to contact the Law Offices of Michael D. Burt for a consultation. After discussing the specifics of your particular situation, Attorney Burt can advise you on the legal aspects of your alimony situation. Our firm handles divorce and family law matters exclusively and we have the legal knowledge, skills, and resources needed to resolve family law and divorce issues, such as alimony.
The California Family Code
Any order from a court involving alimony must be based on the present facts and circumstances presented to the court in the form of evidence in the proceedings and conclusions drawn from such evidence. The California Family Code provides a judge with a long list of factors that must be considered in deciding if alimony is to be awarded, the amount of the alimony, and its duration.
In cases where the marriage has lasted more than ten years and no alimony has been awarded, the dependent spouse is often allowed to come back to court to seek alimony at a later time should the need arise. In cases where the marriage lasted less than ten years, alimony is generally paid for half the length of the marriage.To find out how California law applies to your specific situation in regards to alimony, talk to a lawyer at our firm in a confidential consultation at your earliest convenience.