Family Law – Spousal Support

Unlike child support, there is no state mandated guideline when determining the amount to be paid. Determining the amount, duration and other terms of the spousal support order is extremely complex and one of the most litigated family law issues. Thus, it is essential to retain a family law attorney with the specific skills and knowledge surrounding spousal support law.

Temporary Spousal Support

Temporary spousal support is paid prior to final resolution of the divorce process and is designed to temporarily maintain the financial status quo of the parties. The amount of temporary spousal support is often determined by the same computer formula used to calculate child support. However, the judge possesses wide discretion in making spousal support orders, requiring your family law attorney to skillfully argue deviations when appropriate.

Permanent Spousal Support

Permanent spousal support is also referred to as “post-judgment” or “long term” spousal support. There is no formula to calculate permanent spousal support. The amount of permanent spousal support is determined by balancing various factors listed in Family Code Section 4320. If you are required to pay or are entitled to receive spousal support, it is crucial that your family law attorney possess the necessary experience and litigation artistry.