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Spousal Support

Spousal Support Lawyer Serving California

Spousal support is oftentimes one of the most emotionally-charged and contentious aspects of a divorce in California. In addition, the calculations associated with an award of spousal support can wind up being quite complicated. This is why it is so important for to you to retain the services of an experienced spousal support attorney in California. The experienced divorce lawyers with The Geller Firm have successfully helped numerous clients with complex spousal support issues and are ready to help you.

What Exactly is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also referred to as “alimony,” is paid by one divorcing spouse to another. Spousal support in California may be awarded on a temporary basis during the divorce proceedings to help ease the financial transition of a spouse who may not be gainfully employed or who was generating a much lower income.

After a divorce has been finalized, a court will consider whether to make the award of spousal support permanent.

Understanding the Difference Between Temporary Spousal Support and Permanent Spousal Support

To determine the proper amount for temporary spousal support, a California court will use the same calculation method that is used to determine child support payments. However, in California, there is no straightforward formula or calculator to determine permanent spousal support. Instead, a court will consider 14 factors summarized in California Family Code Section 4320. Based on these 14 factors, the court will decide whether a permanent order of spousal support should be made in your case. In addition, the court will decide the amount of the spousal support and the length of time spousal support will be paid by you or your spouse

Benefits of Retaining a Contra Costa County Spousal Support Attorney

There are many reasons why it makes sense to retain the services of an experienced and skilled divorce lawyer with The Geller Firm. For example, when it comes to the issue of spousal support, a knowledgeable divorce lawyer with our firm can take the following steps on your behalf:

  • Seeking temporary or permanent spousal support
  • Present a correct, complete and advantageous picture of your finances in court
  • Petition to modify or terminate spousal support payments; AND
  • File a dispute over unpaid spousal support

Have Questions about Spousal Support? Contact The Geller Firm Today

If you have questions related to spousal support laws in California, now is the time to take action by contacting The Geller Firm. Our team of experienced California attorneys are capable of answering all of your questions and addressing any support-related issues. We are located in the San Francisco Bay Area and are proud to provide legal services in Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Solano County. Our legal team is available for virtual and in-person consultations. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.