Experienced Irvine Spousal Support Lawyer at Your Side
Spousal support is a court-ordered financial obligation of one former spouse to the other. Michel & Rhyne knows how important it is to have a skilled lawyer at your side in an alimony dispute—a spousal support obligation can last weeks, months, or even years. Whether you are seeking alimony from your spouse or opposing it, our office has the extensive family law experience needed to make sure the outcome of your alimony determination is fair.
Underlying Purpose Behind Spousal Support in California
The reason one spouse is often required to make regular payments to the other after divorce is to make certain the other spouse makes a smooth transition from marriage and possible financial dependence to being single and financially independent. Spousal support is not meant to be a punishment to the supporting spouse, as it is often misunderstood. Also, spousal support is not an issue in every divorce. Alimony is more likely an issue in divorces that follow a lengthy marriage as opposed to one lasting only a few months or years.
Calculating Alimony in Orange County Divorce
Alimony attorneys play a large part in the decision by a court whether to order spousal support in a given case and if so for how much. The reason is that alimony determinations involve quite a bit of discretion by courts. Our office knows which factors courts consider in making their alimony determinations, and which of those can be emphasized for your benefit. Some of the factors courts consider include:
- Marriage length
- Either spouse’s needs considering the standard of living they became accustomed to during marriage
- Either spouse’s ability to maintain that standard of living
- The effect that taking a job would have on being able to raise the children
- Either spouse’s age and health
- The relative assets and debts of either spouse
Handling All of Your Alimony Modification and Enforcement Needs
Our office does not just help you obtain a fair alimony determination during your divorce. We are also one of the most trusted family law firms in Irvine for spousal support modification and enforcement. Whether your alimony order has proven unworkable or your spouse has remarried and thereby lost their right to spousal support, our office can help. Our alimony lawyers have over 70 years of combined experience helping clients resolve their spousal support matters in southern California.
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Contact Michel & Rhyne for proven legal help with your spousal support controversy.