Also referred to as alimony, the California courts determine the amount and duration of spousal support based on a number of factors. Attorney William N. Watkins can help you develop detailed evidence about each of the factors when seeking spousal support or being requested to pay it. This Los Angeles spousal support lawyer has years of experience in divorce matters, including spousal support and child support.
Southbay Spousal Support Attorney: Statute 4320
According to California statute 4320, the court considers the following for spousal support:
- The earning capacity of each party to maintain the same standard of living during the time of the marriage
- The skills of the supported party, current job market, time and money required to attain education or training
- The ability of the supporting party to pay spousal support
- How much the supported party contributed to attaining a career, license, training and education
- Needs, obligations and assets established during the marriage
- Other factors that are equitable and just
Los Angeles Spousal Support Lawyer: William N. Watkins
In some cases, the Court can order “temporary” spousal support. This usually happens when one spouse earns significantly less than the other or is one spouse is unemployed. The Superior courts of Los Angeles County and Orange County use the Santa Clara Guideline formulate for setting temporary spousal support.
Determining spousal support is one of the most complex factors in the divorce process. It’s not uncommon for contentious battles to arise over the amount. Hiring attorney William N. Watkins will get you ready and prepared for the battle. Attorney William N. Watkins has a deep knowledge of the California divorce laws and leaves no stone unturned. If you’re seeking spousal support in a divorce or are questioning the amount of spousal payments, contact him for answers.