No one goes into a marriage expecting to get a divorce. Vows are sacred, and people get married with the intention of it lasting “forever.” However, sometimes things just don’t work out. Sometimes people just grow apart, or other issues arise which force the couple to split. It is an emotional period and it can also drastically change a person’s way of life. In many divorce cases, one spouse makes grossly less than their partner and need financial assistance upon divorce divorce. This is known as spousal support (or alimony). The textbook definition of spousal support is:
“…legal obligation on a person to provide financial support to their spouse before or after marital separation or divorce.”
If you are in Thousand Oaks and are going through a divorce and are seeking an experienced spousal support attorney, give me, Stephanie L. Mahdavi a call. My track record in family law – especially handling spousal support cases – is impeccable. My team of legal professionals and I will handle your case with compassion and conviction. When it comes to getting what you rightfully deserve, we will fight for you tooth-and-nail.
Give us a call today for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and devise a strategic plan of attack.
As a general rule, spousal support lasts for half the length of a marriage that is less than 10 years. But, in longer marriages, the court will not set a duration for spousal support. The burden falls on the paying spouse to prove that spousal support is no longer needed at a future point in time.
When considering who should pay spousal support and how much, the court takes into consideration numerous factors, including the earning potential of each spouse. They also evaluate:
The marketable skills of the spouse being supported, and the job market for those skills.
How badly the supported spouse’s earning capacity is impaired when the spouse was unemployed in order to devote their time to domestic duties during the marriage.
How much the supported spouse contributed to paying the spouse’s acquirement of education, training, career, etc.
The financial needs of both spouses.
The length of the marriage.
This is just a condensed list of what the court considers. Other factors may come into play when deciding who should pay spousal support and how much. It is always best to have a spousal support attorney represent you in these proceedings.
Contact an Experienced Spousal Support Attorney in Thousand Oaks
If you live in the Thousand Oaks or Southern Ventura County area and are going through a divorce, give The Law Offices of Stephanie L. Mahdavi a call. My legal professionals and I have an extensive record of success when it comes to fighting for what you rightfully deserve. We offer free initial consultations to evaluate your case and devise a strategic plan of attack. We will put you in the best possible position for success and won’t quit fighting until you come out on top. Give us a call today and schedule an appointment. We will work hard for you.