For many married couples in the United States, divorce is the only option. When a couple has exhausted all other avenues and realized that they no longer want to continue with their marriage, they can get a divorce. For former couples who get divorced in California, it’s important to know about the various types of alimony that are available within the state.
Alimony is also commonly known as spousal support. It is a monetary amount that is paid monthly by a former spouse to their former wife or husband. In general, the individual who earned less money during the marriage is the one who receives alimony. It is meant to enable that person to continue being able to live the same lifestyle they were able to live throughout the marriage.
Types of Alimony Available in California
In California, there are a few different types of alimony that are available. They include the following:
- Temporary alimony: Temporary alimony is the type of maintenance that is temporarily paid to one spouse by the other during the couple’s separation, before the divorce. It can stop after the divorce is finalized or even continue depending on certain factors.
- Rehabilitative alimony: This type of alimony is paid to the spouse who earns less money with the goal of enabling them to get education or training to be more self-sufficient.
- Reimbursement alimony: This is a type of alimony that reimburses the other party for expenses incurred throughout the marriage.
- Permanent alimony: Permanent alimony is spousal support that one person pays to the other for the rest of that individual’s life. Generally, this type of alimony applies to marriages that lasted ten years or longer.
- Lump-sum alimony: This type of spousal support is paid in a single, lump-sum amount instead of in monthly payments. The former spouses have to agree on it for it to be in place.
- Property distribution: Instead of cash payments as support, one spouse can decide to give full ownership of the property to the other.
The facts of the case determine whether a spouse is eligible for alimony and, if so, the type and amount of alimony he or she is entitled to. Next to child custody, spousal support is often the toughest battleground in divorce. The thought of divorcing a spouse but continuing to pay for his or her lifestyle is often an unpleasant scenario. Whether you hope to receive alimony or are looking to mitigate the impact alimony payments will have on your financial situation post-divorce, speak with an experienced Riverside divorce lawyer.
The attorneys with Bratton, Razo, and Lord have worked with couples and families throughout Riverside County since 1989 and are primed to help you resolve your case as effortlessly as possible. Call (951) 684-9000 or connect with us online for a free consultation.