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Factors that affect California spousal support

When you get divorced in California, one aspect of the proceedings you may not think about is spousal support. At Palmer Rodak and Associates, we understand it is important for you to know how this kind of support is determined.

There are several factors a court evaluates when determining spousal support. California Legislative Information says that the length of your marriage and your age are both taken into consideration. Your health is also a factor, as are the skills of both you and your ex-spouse. If you will need to learn new skills to support yourself or have not been working because you and your ex-spouse agreed you should stay at home to take care of the family, you may be more likely to receive this financial support. If your children are still dependents, a court also considers whether you will be able to support yourself and still take good care of your children.

A court usually also considers domestic violence. This includes harm to your children as well as actions against yourself, and when these situations have been documented, they can affect your spousal support. If your ex-spouse has a criminal conviction because of this domestic violence, this conviction also determines the amount of financial support you receive.

Spousal support can sometimes be more complicated than child support because there are more factors which affect it. The standard of living you have been accustomed to in your marriage is part of what determines the amount you receive, and your level of education also plays role. Sometimes your spousal support can change if you or ex-spouse remarries or if one of you begins to earn a different income. More information about this subject can be found on our webpage.



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