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Spousal Support Lawyer in Rancho Cucamonga

What Is Spousal Support?

Formerly known as alimony, spousal support in California is typically divided into temporary, or pendente lit (pending litigation) spousal support, and permanent or long-term spousal support. Temporary support may be, and is typically awarded while the divorce is pending, and is calculated using a guideline formula according the parties respective net incomes. As in matters of child support, Dissomaster® is used for the calculations of this guideline amount, and it is important that your Upland and Rancho Cucamonga family law attorney knows this program inside and out.

Long term spousal support, on the other hand, is to be analyzed by the court according to statutory factors, such as the length of marriage, a party's devotion of time to domestic duties, and domestic violence.

How long does spousal support last?

The duration of a support agreement depends on several issues. First, the parties can agree to a certain amount and duration, or they can agree to waive spousal support in exchange for other assets. The court can order ongoing spousal support, but there are statutory presumptions that an ex-spouse should become self-supporting in half the length of the marriage, except in a marriage of long duration. A marriage of long duration is presumptively one lasting more than 10 years, and will result in an ongoing order of support, or at least a reservation of jurisdiction to award support in the future.

Modifications of Long-Term Support Agreements

Upon the showing of a change of circumstances (such as an increase in the paying spouse's income or the decrease in the income of the receiving spouse), either party can petition for a modification with the right documentation to back his or her reasons. However, there are exceptions. For example, if the only change of circumstances is the increase of income of the paying spouse, then the payee spouse must prove that the original order of spousal support was insufficient to meet his or her needs at that time.

The "change" is the loss of child support due a child of the parties reaching the age of majority is not considered a "change of circumstances" because a child reaching the age of adulthood is not an unexpected occurrence. Finally, the law imposes a duty on all persons who receive spousal support to make reasonable efforts to become self-sufficient. An ex-spouse's failure to fulfill the obligations of this "Gavron Warning" may be a reason to seek a reduction or termination of long-term support.

Do you need assistance in obtaining spousal support or petitioning for a modification? Attorney Hudson can assist you. Contact the firm today and schedule a consultation to discuss your options.

  • Divorce Can Be a Difficult Process for Anyone

    Aaron M. Hudson is Certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Meet with him today to discuss your family law case and explore your legal options.

    Get Divorce Info
  • Calculating Child Support Can Be Messy

    From understating your income to the improper use of Dissomaster, your family may be put at financial risk when calculating support.

    Get Child Support You Deserve
  • Connect With Our Experienced Firm Today

    Take the first step toward solutions by scheduling a consultation with Aaron M. Hudson. Start a new chapter in your life today!

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