Orange County Alimony Lawyer
Coming to an Alimony Agreement in Divorce
Spousal support, or alimony, is generally defined as financial support provided by one spouse to the other after the marriage has been dissolved. Either a divorce settlement or a court order can lay out the terms of spousal support in your case. If you are going through a divorce in Orange County, you might be wondering if you will be required to pay alimony or if you are eligible to receive it. This is an important question that must be answered in order to proceed with the divorce settlement or trial.
The legal team at The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman can provide you with experienced advice and support if you have questions or concerns about alimony in your divorce. It is very important that your Orange County divorce attorney is familiar with the process in which alimony/spousal support is calculated. Mr. Bridgman and his team of family lawyers have several decades of combined legal experience that they will utilize in order to offer you the best possible results.
How is alimony calculated in California?
The court will take several factors into account when making a judgment on alimony:
- Duration of the marriage
- Liabilities of both partners
- Assets of both partners
- Basic necessities required by each partner
- Age of each spouse
- Physical health of each spouse
- Current earnings/financial situation of both individuals
- Earning capability of both individuals
Who is eligible for spousal support after a divorce?
In previous years, alimony was only paid from the male partner to the female partner after their marriage had ended. These days, either spouse can be required by the court or a divorce settlement to provide financial assistance to the other spouse. Both spouses will be held to the same standards, and the court will take all available factors into consideration when making a determination about whether or not spousal support would be appropriate. If you have questions about your divorce in regard to alimony, you should not hesitate to set up a free initial consultation with our firm.
How to Modify or Terminate Alimony Payments
Unless both spouses have signed a written agreement that would prohibit them from modifying the terms of their alimony arrangement, either party could request a modification from the court. In some cases, spousal support payments could even be terminated—including situations where one spouse passes away or remarries. In order to modify or terminate an existing alimony agreement, however, one spouse would need to show the court that a significant change in circumstances has taken place.
You could, for example, request an alimony modification from the court if:
- The paying spouse became unemployed or experienced a drop in income
- The receiving spouse is not making a good faith effort to be self-supporting
- The receiving spouse is no longer in need of financial assistance
- The receiving spouse can no longer work due to an unforeseen disability
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If you have questions about spousal support, including whether or not it will be a factor in your divorce, you should not hesitate to get in touch with an Orange County divorce lawyer at The Law Office of Bruce C. Bridgman. With more than a century of combined legal experience, our team can offer the insight and guidance that you will need to get through the difficult process of divorce as effectively and painlessly as possible. We make ourselves available to clients 24/7, and we offer free initial consultations to all potential clients, so you would have nothing to lose by taking the first step today.
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