The Basics of Spousal Support in the State of California

In the state of California, spousal support (i.e. alimony), may be awarded to either party, regardless of sex. A California judge may grant spousal support in any amount and for any period of time that it considers fair and warranted based on the standard of living experienced during the course of the marriage.

It is important to remember that spousal support is not mandatory, nor is it applied to every divorce proceeding. Additionally, spousal support can be granted at any time during the divorce process.

For example, a California judge could order temporary alimony payments when a divorce proceeding is taking an unusually long amount of time to resolve, in order to ensure that both parties live adequately and meet the financial standards established during the course of the marriage.

When Can You Modify Spousal Support?

Lastly, a California judge will only modify a spousal support arrangement after one party experiences a change of circumstances, such as a reduction in his or her income, the loss of a job or if the party receiving support remarries or becomes self-sufficient.

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The attorneys at Bez Law Firm P.C. take great pride in offering experienced, compassionate family law legal counsel to residents throughout the Greater Sacramento Area. If you are currently interested in establishing or modifying a spousal support arrangement, call (916) 512-8944 today.