Spousal Support: Are You Entitled to Any?
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore’s divorce has been stalled – and purportedly because Demi, who’s estimated to be $10 million richer than Ashton, is seeking spousal support from him in order to renovate her $25 million Central Park apartment. Though it doesn’t appear fair at first glance, courts take into consideration various factors to determine spousal support that could result in a judgment in Demi’s favor.
In regards to your case, could you be entitled to spousal support? Or conversely – could you obligated to pay spousal support for your wealthier spouse? As always in law, it depends.
California courts determine spousal support by taking various circumstances into account, as set forth in California Family Code Section 4320.* They include, but are not limited to:
- How much the earning capacity of the party seeking support is affected from unemployment due to devoting time to domestic duties during the marriage;
- How much the party contributed to the supporting party’s education, license, or career;
- The ability of the supporting party to pay spousal support;
- The ability of the supported party to work without interfering with the interests of their children;
- The needs of each party (determined by the standard of living established during the marriage);
- The duration of the marriage;
- The age and health of the parties; and
- Any other factors the court determines are “just and equitable.”
Depending on how Demi and Ashton’s attorneys present these fact-sensitive issues, Demi just might get to renovate her sprawling New York apartment – on Ashton’s (many) dime(s).
Spousal support can be a complicated and confusing issue. If you have any questions regarding your spousal support rights and obligations in the event of a divorce, or you are simply looking for more information regarding your legal options, please contact our California Certified Family Law Specialists (as certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization) at Lonich Patton Erlich Policastri. Our attorneys have decades of experience handling complex dissolution proceedings and are more than happy to meet with you.
Please remember that each individual situation is unique and results discussed in this post are not a guarantee of future results. While this post may include legal issues, it is not legal advice. Use of this site does not create an attorney-client relationship.
*Cal. Fam. Code § 4320