What You Can Expect to Pay After Your Divorce
Just as no two couples are the same, neither are their divorce settlements and alimony agreements. When a couple divorces, the specifics of spousal support, if awarded, depends on the details of their marriage. Both the amount and duration are decided based on the length of the marriage, the marital standard of living, and more.
The marital term is calculated as the time between the date of marriage and the date of separation. Marriages lasting less than 10 years are considered to be short-term marriages in the eyes of California law. Permanent alimony is typically paid for no more than half of the length of the short-term marriage.
If the marriage was very short, permanent alimony may be unnecessary. If the couple was married for less than a year, the temporary support provided during the divorce process may be enough in itself to satisfy the half-marriage-long support.
There are no guidelines for spousal support in long-term marriages like shorter ones’ limitations to half of the marriage. The amount and duration are determined on a personalized case-by-case basis. They could even be awarded for an indefinite term. Generally, however, the judge will evaluate the case and award alimony in such a way that the supported spouse could maintain the marital standard of living until they are able to become self-supporting.
When Support May Be Terminated
While a judge may have set an end date on alimony payments, support could still be terminated early. Spousal support could be terminated if:
- Either party dies
- The receiving spouse gets married
- The two push for a modification or termination of support in court