Understanding Spousal Support
For many divorcing couples, spousal support is the aspect of the divorce which causes the most conflict and distress. A highly misunderstood aspect of law, the goal of spousal support or alimony is to balance the income levels between two former spouses. In California, spousal support is intended to allow one spouse maintain the same lifestyle they had during the marriage temporarily. Ideally, the payments create an opportunity for the lower-earning spouse to become financially self-sufficient.
A Five Step System for Success
At McCunn Law, we have a proven five step approach to divorce. As one of the steps, we handle all of your temporary orders for spousal support, property control, and fees. Once we have secured the family residence and handled any issues relating to child custody and child support, our team begins devising a plan for alimony payments. The courts typically consider several factors when awarding spousal support, including:
- Ages of the former spouses
- Physical, emotional, and financial condition of each spouse
- How long the recipient would need to become self-sufficient
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Length of the marriage
- Ability of the other spouse to support the recipient and still support themselves
Properly drafting a spousal support claim requires an advanced understanding of tax law, as well as the ability to fully investigate the expenses of your lifestyle during and after the marriage. Mr. McCunn has developed a process for divorce estate analysis. His abilities with taxes and asset management can build a stronger claim and help you collect after the divorce is finalized.