Criteria For Awarding Spousal Support
Spousal support is just one of the many elements involved in a divorce settlement. Determining proper amounts based on what is allowed by law is important, and our experienced attorneys can help you with all parts of the divorce process. At The Law Offices of Burch, Coulston & Shepard, LLP, we represent men and women in Orange County and throughout California in family law matters. We are a trusted law firm with a proven track record. Our Newport Beach spousal support lawyers strive to resolve matters through skillful negotiation and are prepared to take matters to trial if your situation calls for it.
Determining Spousal Support Awards
Unlike child support guidelines (which are very rigid), the criteria for awarding spousal support is much more subjective. The amount of support one spouse pays to the other depends on a number of different factors.
While the most important factors are the length of the marriage and the income of both parties, the courts will also look at factors such as:
- Each party's future earning capacity
- Need for spousal support
- Ability to pay support
- Domestic violence or criminal activities by either party in the past
- Tax issues and consequences
The lawyers at our firm have the experience necessary to handle even the most complex divorce and spousal support cases. We have handled many high net worth divorce cases and have the financial knowledge necessary to take a comprehensive approach to important matters. Our Orange County family law attorneys handle a wide range of cases, including ones involving uncovering hidden assets, forensic accounting issues and more.
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