Westlake Spousal Support Lawyer
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Monthly spousal support agreements, also called alimony, can be worked
out between spouses during divorce settlements, or it may be up to the
court to decide. Spousal support is intended to relieve any financial
burdens to the spouse who earned less during the marriage.
To adequate represent your best interests when it comes to spousal support,
having a knowledgeable
Westlake Village divorce lawyer walk you through the process is more efficient in helping you obtain the
results you need. I,
Jeffrey S. Graff, have over 30 years of experience helping my clients gain the confidence
How Does Spousal Support Get Calculated?
Understandably, couples become accustomed to a certain standard of living
during the marriage. Divorce is obviously a life-altering experience,
and spousal support can smoothen the transition somewhat. The amount of
spousal support, as well as the length of time the spousal support will
be distributed, will depend on the couple’s specific circumstances.
California courts use the following to factor spousal support:
- The ages and health of each spouse
- The income generated by each spouse
- The standard of living during the marriage
- The duration of the marriage
- If the higher-earning spouse can support him or herself
These are also five different types of alimony available, depending the
- Temporary alimony
- Permanent alimony
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Reimbursement alimony
- Lump-sum alimony
It may be necessary to seek a court order to enforcement spousal support
if you find that your former spouse is evading spousal support. This would
be accomplished through a contempt proceeding. While this can be somewhat
difficult to bring forth in court and is typically an emotional and contentious
matter, it can be a drastic step. It may be sensible for some couples
to consider mediation to settle their spousal support agreements.
As always, feel free to bring your concerns or questions to the Law Offices
of Jeffrey S. Graff. I am a
Westlake family law attorney, who has handled numerous cases involving spousal support. I know how
to mitigate even the most heated arguments by offering compassionate counsel.
Feel free to
contact me, a Westlake village divorce lawyer, to discuss your spousal support case: