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Carlsbad Spousal Support Attorneys

Skilled & Experienced Legal Counsel for Divorce Cases

After a divorce, one spouse may be financially responsible for the other on a temporary or permanent basis. These payments are known as spousal support, or alimony. Spousal support is one of the most contentious issues a former couple must work out with one another. In some cases, mediation can address the terms and conditions of the support payment; in others, litigation is required. Whether you need careful guidance through the mediation process or aggressive advocacy in court, Beringer Law Firm has the skills and experience to serve as your counsel.

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How Long Is Spousal Support Payable?

Spousal support in California is based on the length of the marriage and specific payment factors. If the marriage was shorter than 10 years, a spouse is generally responsible for alimony payments for half of the length of the marriage. In marriages longer than 10 years, a termination date can be set by the couple or the court, or support can be ordered with no specific end date. Lump-sum alimony payments are also possible.

It is also important to note that spousal support is intended only to prevent financial hardship until both spouses can provide for themselves. Even permanent alimony is never truly permanent unless one spouse is unable to become self-sufficient due to age or disability. In most instances, alimony payments reduce over time.

Factors That Affect Alimony

Spousal support is not punishment for one spouse to pay to another. As California is a no-fault divorce state, alimony is paid out in order to maintain the financial status quo. The spouse receiving the support should become self-sufficient over time.

When calculating alimony, the court takes into account:

  • Need for education and training
  • Marketable skills
  • Job market
  • Previous unemployment related to the marriage
  • Assets and property
  • Length of the marriage
  • Ability to pay spousal support
  • Age
  • Health
  • Tax consequences

Should anything change that would affect the amount of spousal support one person receives, a modification can be submitted to alter the overall amount. Our Carlsbad alimony lawyers have the knowledge and experience to effectively present evidence to the court to obtain a fair and equitable arrangement.

Contact Beringer Law Today

If you are seeking spousal support or believe you are not paying a fair amount, consult with a knowledgeable attorney. Our firm has helped countless clients in Carlsbad and the surrounding area address their alimony issues and provide fierce advocacy before the court. With a Certified Family Law Specialist on your side, you can feel confident that your best interests are upheld.

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Contact Beringer Law Firm to schedule a consultation today. Dial (760) 546-9900.

What Sets Beringer Law Firm Apart?

  • Highly Qualified

    State Bar of California Certified Family Law Specialist

  • Competent Representation

    Our attorneys use their expertise to find legal solutions.

  • Personalized Service

    We will help you find the best solution for your matter.

  • Cost-Effective

    We strive to help our clients obtain a fair and cost-effective resolution.