Spousal support (also called alimony and spousal maintenance) is a benefit awarded to parties based on specific factors in a divorce case. It is not automatic, like child support or division of assets. The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, in Newport Beach, California, can advise you on the alimony guidelines and whether spousal support should be considered in your situation. Our Orange County family lawyers will be forthright with you about the reasonableness and attainability of your goals.
The law provides for two types of spousal support — temporary spousal support and permanent spousal support. Temporary spousal support is set by the court generally to maintain the status quo until a final divorce settlement is reached. At that time, the court will determine if a permanent award of spousal support is necessary. If so, it will set a support level based on various factors, including but not limited to the income of the parties, the standard of living both parties are accustomed to and the length of the marriage.
In most cases, identifying sources of income is simple. But when a party owns a business, identifying income for the purposes of determining support can become more difficult. In these cases, we may call upon forensic accountants who can uncover hidden income or income-producing assets. Our lawyers can then use this information to strengthen our case during the settlement negotiation or divorce trial.
As experienced family law attorneys, we have the knowledge and experience required to identify issues and get results for our clients who face spousal support issues. Our Newport Beach family law attorneys will aggressively represent your interests in obtaining or limiting spousal support payments.
For a consultation with The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, call (949) 565-4158 or contact us online. The firm serves clients throughout Orange County, including the cities of Newport Beach, Fullerton and Newport Beach.