It is difficult for divorcees providing spousal support during the holiday season, and even more frustrating when the former spouse doesn’t get control of his or her spending habits. Unfortunately, if you are the primary breadwinner you are stuck with paying your ex-bills unless an experienced Camarillo spousal support attorney handles your circumstances. Even if your spouse is not a big spender, it can be tough being forced to pay someone that caused you constant headaches over the course of your marriage.
There are ways to avoid your spousal support responsibilities but you will have to make some adjustments and get familiar with a few legal procedures:
Some of the most important factors to consider when determining whether to award spousal support include:
Spousal support should be provided until the former spouse becomes self-supporting. Sometimes the divorce decree does not include a specific date to terminate spousal support obligations. In such cases, the payer spouse must continue sending the payments until the family court determines a termination date. Once the recipient remarries, the payer is no longer responsible to provide spousal support. Likewise, if the payer spouse dies. However, in some cases, the court may continue providing spousal support from the deceased’s life insurance and estate.
While spousal support is generally granted to former wives, the culture has changed a lot over the years. Men can also become the recipient of alimony. There are also new changes to the alimony statute such as the 17-year long-term marriage term and more than seven years for moderate marriages. A short-term marriage should be less than seven years. So alimony may be moderate or durational, based on how long the couple was married.
Don’t allow your former spouse’s conduct ruin your holiday fun! It is crucial you hire an experienced Camarillo spousal support attorney to handle your case. At the Law Offices Stephanie L. Mahdavi, we have the expertise to help you pursue the spousal support that meets your family’s needs. Contact us today and schedule a case assessment to discuss your divorce.