Alimony Awards in Orange County
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As part of a divorce agreement, the court may require a higher earning spouse help a lower-earning one meet their expenses and maintain their quality of life. These awards, called alimony, can either be monthly or lump-sum payments, and are usually temporary but can in rare instances be permanent.
Alimony can be a contentious part of your divorce, and can be one of the biggest factors in harbored resentment or unhappiness with a final divorce agreement. Before heading to court, it is strongly advised that you let our Orange County divorce mediator review your case. Lani Baron, Attorney Mediator at Alternative Divorce Solutions, has helped many couples come to a resolution that is both mutually beneficial and minimizes the vitriol that can emerge during these complex legal matters.
Alimony Calculation in California
If alimony is to be awarded in a divorce agreement (which isn’t always the case), then the court will examine several key factors to determine the final provisions. Additionally, an award is not necessarily finalized and can be modified by petitioning the court at a later date.
Factors the court considers in calculating alimony include:
- The employment prospects of the lower-earning spouse (skills, job market, etc.)
- Contributions to the other spouse during the marriage
- Ability of the paying spouse to support the receiving spouse
- Needs based on the standard of living
- The duration of the marriage
- Any documented history of domestic violence
There are several other factors that are included in any alimony awards. It’s important to remember that this financial award is given separate from any child support payments and is considered differently, but may also be impacted by child support payments in terms of the ability of the paying spouse to afford both awards.
Let us answer your questions and assist you with your alimony provisions; contact Alternative Divorce Solutions today!
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