It’s common to have questions about alimony during divorce cases. The laws on alimony differ state to state. In California, alimony is referred to as spousal support and can be issued in two forms. Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri, experienced lawyers in divorce and separation, have broken down these two types to help you know what to expect.
When a couple is going through separation, they often wonder about alimony. Will they have to pay it? Do they qualify to receive it? How much will they receive? The truth is the answer varies case by case. Like many things in law, everything is specific to your case and your needs.
Alimony is a legal order to make support payments to one spouse during or after the divorce. In San Jose, there are two types of spousal support : Temporary and Permanent. Just because you qualify for one does not guarantee you’ll qualify for the other. Find out which one you may qualify for.
Temporary Spousal Support
The purpose of temporary support is to maintain the status quo of the household prior to divorce during the separation case. The time frame this is owed will vary depending on the case. A spouse will be ordered to pay temporary support until a judgement is reached. This can last as briefly as 6 months or up to several years. The amount you will receive is calculated via a software program. The gross monthly income for both you and your spouse is input into a computer program and processed. An amount for monthly payments is then submitted to the court along with who is responsible for those payments.
This type of support is common in cases where the primary breadwinner runs off and refuses to support the other partner. The other partner may have given up a career or education to stay at home and look after the family. This places them at a disadvantage and the court will often order temporary support to help. If the primary breadwinner refuses to pay support, the payments can be taken directly out of their paychecks. Temporary alimony can be issued in addition to child support.
While temporary support is decided exclusively on gross monthly income, the court uses more discretion when determining permanent support. Both parties will go to trial over the amount owed. Factors that go into determining the amount to be paid and the length of payments are net income of both parties, if children are involved, age of both spouses, the health of both spouses and if both parties have a job or if one is in need of training. The purpose of permanent support is to transition the lower earning spouse into a lifestyle that is sustainable and allows them to be self sufficient. It is also to compensate the lower earning spouse for any damage caused to their earning potential. This refers to what we mentioned in temporary support; a case where one spouse gave up a career or education to be the homemaker.
The amount of time spousal support is owned depends on the length of marriage according to San Jose law. If a marriage is determined short term (less than 10 years), half the length of the marriage is typically rule of thumb but not guaranteed. Long term marriages (10+ years) are more open ended. They can be paid for 10 years or even longer. There’s no way to give a definitive answer to this as it’s determined on a per person basis.
Get In Contact
If you live in San Jose, CA and have questions about alimony, reach out to the experienced attorneys at Lonich Patton Ehrlich Policastri. They offer free 30 minute consultations. Find out your chances of receiving temporary or permanent support. If you have children, you can learn about child support as well.
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