Spousal support determinations are often a core element of a divorce settlement, and the emotional toll of divorce proceedings can be compounded by uncertainty about the ability to maintain the standard of living to which one is accustomed.
Changes in marital status and living arrangements, the financial status of either party, and issues surrounding compliance with a spousal support order are all factors that can develop over time and lead to ongoing alimony issues which may need to be resolved.
Whether in the context of divorce proceedings, a change of circumstances which may warrant a change in the spousal support amount, or failure to make timely payments or any payments, our spousal support attorneys are highly experienced and focused upon making sure the experience is as comfortable as possible for you, while achieving the best possible outcomes for you and your family.
In California, spousal support is generally ordered on one of the following bases:
TEMPORARY SPOUSAL SUPPORT
Spousal support arrangements are often Ordered on a temporary basis for the duration of a divorce proceeding, pending a post-Judgment alimony award.
LUMP SUM SPOUSAL SUPPORT
In the context of a final order of divorce, the parties may negotiate spousal support to be paid in a one time, single lump sum. It is important to receive qualified advice with regard to the risks, benefits and appropriate amount of a lump sum award.
REHABILITATIVE SPOUSAL SUPPORT
In California, for marriages of a duration lasting less than ten years, courts typically award ongoing alimony payments for not more than half the duration of the terminated marriage.
Such alimony orders also typically end the court’s jurisdiction at this duration, after which the court will not possess the jurisdiction to modify or extend the terms of spousal support.
PERMANENT SPOUSAL SUPPORT
For marriages that lasted ten years or longer, California courts may award ongoing spousal support payments for a longer duration, or in some cases on a permanent basis, which means until remarriage or death of the receiving party. However, the current trends in spousal support are important to know and understand and that is why qualified counsel is essential to negotiating, or litigating any long term spousal support issue.
SPOUSAL SUPPORT MODIFICATION & TERMINATION
We are very aware that changes in financial status of either the supported party or the payer, and other circumstances can change over time and may warrant modification to the amount or duration of alimony payments.
Our attorneys have extensive experience achieving solutions that are workable and sustainable for both parties to a spousal support order.
The attorneys at the family law firm of Lurkis, Joyce & Del Bove, LLP represent clients in spousal support proceedings and all matters related to alimony throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area.