Skilled California Spousal Support Attorney Helps Couples Arrive at a Fair
Determining spousal support in Hollister, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, and Monterey County
Spousal support can be a contentious issue. Giuliano Law helps couples reach a spousal support agreement that is fair and takes into account the concerns and needs of both parties. Our goal is to achieve equitable results through negotiation and collaboration rather than litigation – saving time, money, and stress. But, if necessary and in your best interests, we have both the skills and knowledge to take your case to trial.
Types of California alimony
There are two main types of spousal support in California:
Temporary spousal support
When a spouse needs financial help before finalization of a divorce, they can seek temporary spousal support. This type of alimony helps the spouse meet their financial needs while their divorce is still pending. The amount is typically calculated by using a standard formula such as the Santa Clara County formula.
Permanent spousal support
A spouse can also seek permanent spousal support, where the goal is to ensure that the spouse is able to maintain the same standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. Some of the key factors considered when awarding permanent spousal support include the following:
- Duration of the marriage
- Age, health, and needs of each party
- Earning capacity of each party and their ability to pay
- The ability of the party who receives support to find employment without interfering with the interests and well-being of children
- Supported spouse’s marketable skills and job market
- Respective levels of education
- Any domestic violence history
However, it is unusual for any judge to order genuinely permanent support unless the supported spouse has a physical or mental disability, or is too old to seek employment. Instead, the spouse seeking support must attempt to become self-supporting as the amount of support is gradually reduced over time.
Bear in mind that if the courts become involved, there is a significant amount of judicial leeway to make decisions about spousal support. In such cases, we will present your case in the best possible light – protecting your rights whether you are seeking alimony or being asked to pay spousal support.
Contact a knowledgeable California spousal support attorney
When you need legal guidance to determine fair spousal support, Giuliano Law can help whether you are in Hollister, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, or Monterey County. To schedule an appointment and discuss your spousal support situation, please contact us online or call us at (831) 372-4003.
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