Spousal Support – Alimony – San Diego Family Attorneys
Spousal support is money paid by one ex-spouse or domestic partner to the other after a couple legally separates or the marriage is dissolved. In the aftermath of a divorce, one household becomes two, and finances that may have been teetering before are often strained to the breaking point with the need to support two residences. We are here to help people reach fair and sensible spousal support arrangements that reflect the needs of each spouse.
When a couple legally separates or divorces, the family law courts often order one spouse or domestic partner to pay the other spouse or domestic partner a calculated amount of support money each month. Most people may remember the word ‘alimony.’ In legal circles this is referred to as “spousal support” for married couples or “partner support” for non-married domestic partnerships. Spousal/Partner Support FAQs.
Schaffer Family Law Group, APC, founded by Certified California Family Law Specialist Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS has a focused and dedicated team of attorneys and legal staff to help San Diego residents with financial spousal maintenance matters – either when headed for legal separation, divorce, or ‘post-divorce settlement’ should some major factors in income of the receiving spouse or contributing spouse require a modification. Spousal financial support is initially determined by court prescribing standards and court specified software that calculates suggested support. That said, months or years after the finalized court decree and settlement, life circumstances -including employment matters – can significantly change. If the changes are significant, a modification of the initial court settlement and the support order can be challenged by either party.
The Courts will take many factors into account when determining an equitable financial spousal maintenance arrangement.
Expert Representation in San Diego Alimony Cases
Family Law Attorney Sarah T. Schaffer, CFLS understands the legal complexities involved in spousal support arrangements. Whether you are seeking spousal support or you prefer to minimize your obligation to pay spousal support, we are here to help. Please contact us to arrange a consultation about establishing, modifying or enforcing spousal support payments.
There are no off-the-shelf, standard calculations, or printed legal solutions where spousal support is concerned. Many factors affect whether spousal support is paid and how much said support might amount to. These factors include:
- Length of the marriage
- Ability of the receiving spouse to earn an income
- Education level and work history of the receiving spouse
- Paying spouse’s ability to pay
- Terms and enforceability of any prenuptial / premarital agreement
- Whether either party has remarried or is cohabiting
- If the receiving spouse contributed to paying the paying spouse’s education, training or professional development.
- The ages and physical health of both spouses
- The resulting tax consequences to both parties
The skills and experience of your family law attorney can make all the difference in spousal maintenance negotiations. At Schaffer Family Law Group, APC, our team of experienced family law and spousal support attorneys will carefully examine all the facts of your case, discuss your goals and advise you of all your potential options.
Call Schaffer Family Law Group at (858) 509-7907 to schedule a strategy session today.