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Overview of spousal support in California

Like other states, California has laws that allow a spouse to ask for spousal or partner support, also often referred to as alimony, during a divorce. Alimony usually involves the court ordering one spouse to make some sort of regular payment to the other spouse for the other spouse's financial support.

Under California law, alimony is also available following the annulment of a marriage and after a permanent legal separation. Those who have obtained a domestic violence restraining order may also obtain alimony.

Spousal support is very important for a person who is going to need some additional financial support at the end of their relationship.

Moreover, it really is a matter of justice, as there are many relationships in which one person has the tools to move on and continue to earn a high income, while the other person will probably struggle despite their best efforts.

However, figuring out how much spousal support a person will receive can be a complicated affair. For permanent alimony orders, California courts do not use a mathematical formula to calculate them. Instead, they rely on a number of legal factors, including how long the relationship lasted, each party's economic circumstances both before and after the split and the job skills that each spouse possesses.

Likewise, whether one of the spouses was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of the other spouse or contributed to the education or professional development of the other spouse may also play into a judge's decision about alimony.

Not surprisingly, a lot of the factors judges use to determine spousal support depend heavily on the couple's facts and circumstances. As such, it will be important for a Modesto resident with an alimony question to seek out the advice and experience of a family law attorney.

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