Woodland Hills Spousal Support Attorney

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Spousal support, also called alimony, is an important factor that you and your ex-spouse may consider while working through your divorce. If you are a lower-earning spouse, you may petition for spousal support to help cover costs as you go through divorce and recover from it. If you are the higher-earning spouse, you may have questions about how much you are expected to pay or how you might retain reimbursement for your contributions to the other spouse’s career. Whatever your spousal support matter, the Law Office of Ali Ziai can help you handle the legal side. We are a results-driven firm with extensive trial experience, so you can trust that we have the professional skills to protect your rights in even the most heated negotiations. 

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Several Types of Spousal Support Are Available

California recognizes several types of spousal support: Temporary, rehabilitative, permanent, and reimbursement. 

Temporary support may be ordered to help a lower-earning spouse cover living expenses during the divorce process. This type of support is usually calculated according to the state of California’s guidelines and lasts until the judge finalizes the divorce.

Rehabilitative support, the most common type of spousal support, gives the lower-earning spouse enough financial support for them to obtain valuable job skills or education to enter the workforce and eventually become self-supporting. Rehabilitative support is common in cases in which one spouse earns more than the other or was the primary income-earner in the marriage while the other spouse handled homemaking duties like looking after the children.

Permanent spousal support is rarely ordered. It is reserved for long-term marriages (10 or more years) and situations when one spouse cannot enter the workforce because of advanced age or illness.

Lastly, unique to California, is reimbursement support. If one spouse helped finance the other’s education or career advancement training during the marriage, they may request reimbursement to recoup those funds that they used for the other spouse. This is because both spouses benefited from this while married, but upon separation, only the one spouse with the degree or certification will benefit, so the other spouse has a right to request reimbursement in such a case.

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Factors Determining Spousal Support

Either spouse may request spousal support if they show a need for financial support and the other spouse has the means to provide it. As temporary support orders are short-term, the court will generally determine the support arrangement based on financial information about the spouses’ income, expenses, assets, and debts.

For rehabilitative and permanent spousal support, the court will examine each spouse’s income and the following factors to decide on the final spousal support amount:

  • Each spouse's earning capacity
  • The extent to which the supported spouse contributed to the other's educational degree or professional license during the marriage
  • The paying spouse's ability to pay spousal support, considering earning capacity, earned and unearned income, assets, and standard of living
  • Each spouse's needs, based on the marital standard of living
  • Each spouse's debts and assets, including separate property
  • The length of the marriage
  • The supported spouse's ability to become employed without interfering with the care of the minor children
  • Each spouse’s age and health
  • Whether there is a history of domestic violence against either spouse or the children
  • Tax consequences to each party
  • The balance of hardships to each party
  • The goal that the recipient spouse will be self-supporting within a reasonable period
  • Any criminal conviction of an abusive spouse
  • Any other factors that the court wishes to consider

The above factors also help determine how long the spousal support payments will last. However, rehabilitative support usually only lasts until the supported spouse acquires the necessary training or skills to seek employment.  Both types of spousal support may terminate if the supported spouse remarries or if either party dies.

The reimbursement support amount is fairly straightforward to calculate. The court will look at the amount of money spent on the other spouse’s career or education to determine the amount of reimbursement support.

If you have questions about a spousal support order or negotiation, contact the Law Office of Ali Ziai for legal guidance. We can help you build a strong petition for your desired type and duration of spousal support, whether you seek temporary support through your divorce or long-term rehabilitative support to become self-supporting. 

Divorce can be a taxing and stressful process, and you deserve to maintain a healthy standard of living while you navigate that process. Lower-earning spouses often feel anxious about the prospects of divorce because it may prove suddenly harder to look after themselves and their children; high-earning spouses may feel disillusioned by the obligation to pay hefty amounts of financial support to a person that they are no longer associated with. In both cases, our firm will do our best to fight for your interests and rights. We will advocate for a spousal support outcome that is best for your post-divorce life.

Give us a call at (818) 600-6477 or contact the Law Office of Ali Ziai online for a free consultation to learn more.

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