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Monthly spousal support agreements, also called alimony, can be worked out between spouses during divorce, 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 35 years of experience helping my clients gain the confidence they require.

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 duration of the marriage
  • The ages and health of each spouse
  • The income generated by each spouse
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • If the higher-earning spouse can support him or herself

These are also five different types of alimony available, depending on the couple’s needs:

  • 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 can help you find a solution that is not only fair but suits your needs. I know how to mitigate even the most heated arguments by offering compassionate counsel.

Feel free to contact me, a Thousand Oaks divorce lawyer, to discuss your spousal support case.

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    “I knew Jeffrey personally as a proud family man and a pillar of the community with an stellar reputation as a family/divorce attorney. When my daughter was going through her divorce and had several bad experiences with two attorneys, in the Westlake Village area, I recommended Jeffery to her. After meeting with us to discuss the situation and issues, Jeffery and his staff went to work, we went to court, Jeffery not only got the results my daughter had hoped for, but also managed to have the opposing party cover his fees, he is beyond knowledgeable, professional and fair, he's brilliant at what he does and worth every penny. I have since recommended Jeffrey to all my friends and acquaintances who need legal help and will continue to do so. I cannot give Jeffrey Graff enough accolades and thanks for his help and exceptional negotiating skill in settling the case, thank you, again.”

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