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Information Center California Divorce

Information Center California Divorce

Many California couples who are going through a divorce are now choosing the collaborative divorce process instead of fighting a battle in court. Giving you more control over the outcome of your case, the collaborative divorce process will keep you out of court and give you the chance to tailor a plan to the needs of your family, while saving you time and money. Contact us today to find out if the collaborative divorce process is right for you.

Spousal Support

At the law offices of Bratton & Bratton, we put children first in all divorce cases. From creating a child custody and visitation plan to working out a child support agreement, we want to help our clients keep their long-term goals in mind and do what is best for their children. As circumstances change, we will be here to help you get the appropriate modifications. Contact us today for more information.

Obligation to Pay Spousal Support

In California, married persons have a right and an obligation to support each other during their marriage. Depending upon numerous factors taken into consideration by a court in a dissolution case, this obligation may extend beyond the marriage.

Spousal Support Factors

California statutes set forth a long list of factors considered in determining spousal support. Included are such things as the age and health of the parties, their education and training, their length of time in the workforce, duration of the marriage, differences in earning ability, expenses of each party, tax consequences of any award, and other economic factors. A judge must also make a decision as to the duration and amount of support. Because California has not adopted guidelines for the determination of spousal support as it has for child support, the question of spousal support can be a real source of contention between the parties. Because determining spousal support is one of the most contentious issues in divorce, you need the advice and assistance of a lawyer familiar with California family law to protect your interests. Contact the experienced attorneys at Bratton & Bratton, Inc. in Riverside today.

Temporary Spousal Support

During the period between filing a petition for dissolution of marriage and the final judgment, a spouse may request, and the court may make an order for, temporary support based on the same factors considered in making a final support award. A temporary order will not affect the final order.

Modification of Support Order

Unlike property division orders, an order for spousal support may be modified upon a determination of necessity. Changes in circumstances, such as unemployment, disability and other facts, are considered on motion for modification of spousal support.

Domestic Violence and Spousal Support

California law provides for rebuttal of the presumption; a spouse convicted of domestic violence against the other spouse within the past five years should not be awarded support from the injured spouse. And, if a spouse has been convicted of attempted murder of the other spouse, the injured spouse, whether actually injured or not, will not be required to support the attempted murderer.

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