Maintenance & Spousal Support
Spousal support or alimony, which is known as maintenance in California, is often highly disputed and the source of significant conflict in a divorce. The court has much flexibility in awarding maintenance to either party.
FACTORS IN DETERMINING SPOUSAL SUPPORT
In California, there are no specific guidelines for maintenance as there are with child support. The court looks at many factors when determining how much and how long one spouse will have to pay in maintenance to the other. Some of these factors include:
The education and earning capacity of each spouse
The length of the marriage
The division of property
Each spouse's age and physical and emotional health
The ability of each spouse to work
IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE EXPERIENCED REPRESENTATION IN MAINTENANCE MATTERS
If the parties are unable to resolve this issue, the court makes a determination about maintenance which is solely within the judge's discretion. The judge must weigh the facts of the case and arguments from both sides with respect to the factors listed above. As a result, it is important to consult with an attorney experience. We know which facts are most important in a given situation. We also know how to structure maintenance (alimony) settlements effectively, making sure that all factors are considered in the calculations and that support lasts for the appropriate amount of time under the law.
Jim Williams focuses exclusively on family law. He knows the law and has handled many complex and contentious cases for clients who own businesses, who have large estates and who have a large amount of assets.
For a free consultation with an experienced lawyer, contact us at (925) 272-8171.
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