When deciding whether maintenance will be granted in a divorce, there are many factors considered. It’s important to have a San Diego spousal support attorney by your side to navigate this complex legal process. In many situations, one spouse has been bringing in a higher income than the other, where the other has been carrying out equally important tasks such as child-rearing and home management. This individual, while consumed with home caring tasks, may have missed out on career or income advancement opportunities. While both may have been contributing equally, on paper the contributions may look skewed. A couple divorcing may have unequal incomes, but when deemed appropriate, the spouse who has been financially supporting the marriage may be responsible for continued financial support of the other party. This is commonly referred to as “alimony”, but in the state of California it’s legally referred to as “spousal support”.
There are many variables that are taken into consideration when determining spousal support. These things may include:
- Length of marriage
- Each party’s ability to earn a wage to maintain a comfortable standard of living
- Financial status to support the other party through spousal support
- History of domestic violence
- Custody of children
Spousal support determination is a complex road to navigate. To ensure the best outcome for both parties, it’s important to have an experienced San Diego County spousal support attorney by your side. The McKinnon Law firm has helped many families negotiate the legal and personal issues that arise with spousal support. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.
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