Alimony and Spousal Support or Alimony Modifications

What is alimony? Alimony (often referred to as "spousal support") is a legal obligation for one person to provide financial support to a spouse (or former spouse) before or after a separation or divorce. Not everyone is required to pay or receive alimony, and that's why it's important to talk to an attorney if you're in the process of legal separation or are getting a divorce.

California family laws are confusing when it comes to alimony or spousal support and maintenance after you get divorced. The various types of alimony are divided into several categories, generally determined by the length of your marriage and the roles the spouses played to financially support each other during the marriage. If alimony will be considered in your divorce settlement, your attorney will be responsible for fighting for an equitable arrangement, based on a variety of financial and lifestyle factors.

Types of California Alimony Support

In general, there are two types of alimony that can be awarded in California: Permanent and Temporary alimony. Permanent alimony support deals with the financial support that will be received when the divorce is finalized and going forward. Temporary support is designed to maintain the status quo (as much as possible) during the divorce process. Both are critical to the needs and abilities of the parties and both must be given careful consideration.

When determining alimony, the judge will consider factors such as:

  • Earning capacity of both parties
  • Marketable skills of the party seeking alimony
  • Accustomed standard of living
  • Future earning capacity caused by periods of unemployment
  • Contributions made toward the education of the supporting party
  • Debts and financial assets of both parties

Spousal Support Modifications

If your life or income has changed, you are entitled to seek a modification to your original alimony agreement. We represent clients on either side of the alimony issue. There are many options that may be available to you. When you come in to meet with one of our family law attorneys, we will explain the alimony modification process and explain how the courts in California are likely to view your circumstances.

We use our knowledge and experience to analyze your situation and develop solutions tailored to your specific financial and life circumstances. Our skills in untangling legal and financial intricacies help protect your rights, while we advocate assertively for your financial interests.

Our attorneys regularly attend continuing education seminars in Los Angeles and other counties within the state of California to stay current on new developments in the family law area of practice -- especially those affecting spousal support.

Is Spousal Support Tax Deductible?

One question we are often asked is whether paying alimony is tax deductible. Watch the video below as Attorney Marshall Waller explains.

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Family Law Legal Counsel You Can Rely On

For years, Feinberg & Waller, APC, has been recognized as a prominent California family law firm serving the legal needs of residents in communities throughout the Los Angeles, California, metro area. Attorney Marshall Waller leads a team of legal professionals who understand the important role that spousal support plays in the financial future of our clients. Contact us to discuss your alimony case. We have a successful record of protecting our clients' rights on both sides of the alimony issue.

Our firm is known throughout Southern California for its skilled, effective, well-crafted, and refined factual presentations. Contact us to discuss your spousal support or alimony modification needs.