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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 felt that he always had my best interest in mind!

    “I selected Jeff to represent me because he specialized divorce cases and had worked with the Ventura County judges for many years. He was very patient with me as dealt with the emotions of getting a divorce after a 19-year marriage, and helped me through the terrible stress of facing my ex-spouse and being in the courtroom. He gave me very good advice on how to manage the property settlement, especially on when I should capitulate and when I should hold my ground. I felt that he always had my best interest in mind (rather than just collecting his fee) and worked diligently to bring the case to a fair conclusion.”

    Mrs. M

  • He understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types!

    “Jeff is very kind and always takes time to listen to my issues and questions. He is very professional. Jeff is always prepared for court and his experience is obvious when you see that all the judges know him and regard him with great esteem. Jeff understands family dynamics because he has experience working with many different types of issues which characterized my case. If you would like to be able to trust that your lawyer is going to resolve your issue to the best possible outcome while being professional and courteous, Jeff Graff is the attorney for you.”

    Paul

  • His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.

    “Jeff and his team are by far the best to work with. His staff is kind, courteous, and he is excellent at getting the job done in a timely fashion. He is very straight forward and makes it easy to understand what is going on step by step in your case. His experience and insight into the family law field is excellent. Jeff and his office have helped my family tremendously and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking for family law help. If you wants to be sure it is done correct the first time and that your family's best interest are always cared for, he is the guy. His team helped restore hope into our family in a time of uncertainty. That alone make Jeff a fantastic attorney aside from his knowledgeable legal skills.”

    Catherine

  • He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters.

    “I chose Mr. Graff to represent me in my divorce since he was also knowledgeable with bankruptcy law. He promptly returned phone calls, was quite helpful and consistent in advising me. He knew and understood my case and was very professional in representing me. Furthermore, I knew he was well respected in the courtroom and by other attorneys. He worked efficiently to get the best and honest result for my family in child support matters. I would absolutely hire him again and definitely recommend him to anyone in need of family law representation.”

    Kathy

  • Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount we paid cut down by more than half!!

    “Jeffrey handled my Family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex’s got a big child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to Jeffrey handled my family matter. Jeff is great!! He really helped me and my husband fight my husband’s ex-wife. My husband got hurt at work and we were really having a tough time. My husband ex-wife had a huge child support order against my husband and we didn’t even know that she went to court for that!! Then, she started coming after us for this big child support money every month. She wouldn’t even let her kids come over to visit with us and my kids, but just wanted the money and my husband wasn’t working. My co-worker went to Jeff for her divorce and she told me to call and talk to him. I am so thankful that I called him. I talked to him and he explained everything to me. I needed that because I didn’t know what to do. My husband and I met with him in his office. Jeff and the secretary were both so nice and very professional. I completely trust them! Long story short, Jeff was able to get the monthly amount my husband pays to his ex-wife cut down by more than half!! And on top of that got the judge to make my husband’s ex let the kids come and visit with my husband, who is still hurt, and my kids. Everything worked out so much better than I thought it could. I didn’t know we had a choice and that we could go to the judge to lower the support AND let us see the kids. I would recommend Jeff to anyone who need help with family law. Very Helpful.”

    Linda