Calabasas Spousal Support Attorneys
Helping You Negotiate an Equitable Spousal Support Arrangement in Los Angeles & Ventura County
Spousal support arrangements can help one party remain financially stable throughout and after a divorce. Unfortunately, parties often disagree on what constitutes an equitable spousal support arrangement, especially when one party wishes to obtain a substantial amount of money.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, we help our clients pursue fair outcomes in their spousal support cases. Trust our team to fight for your rights and help you pursue an optimal outcome in your case.
How Does Spousal Support Work in California?
Spousal support orders can help an individual remain financially stable throughout and after a divorce, legal separation, annulment, or domestic violence case.
There are two types of spousal support orders in California:
- Temporary spousal support orders. Temporary spousal support orders enable a party to obtain spousal support while their case is ongoing.
- Final spousal support orders. A court can administer a final spousal support order to ensure a party continues receiving support after their divorce or domestic violence case is finalized.
The party that wishes to obtain spousal support must file a spousal support case with their country court by requesting a temporary or final spousal support order. Your spousal support attorney can help you file your case.
How Do Courts Calculate Spousal Support in CA?
Courts consider a wide range of factors when establishing a spousal support order, including:
- The length of the marriage or partnership;
- How much the recipient needs to uphold the standard of living established during the marriage or partnership;
- The age and health of both parties;
- Whether any other factors, such as children, play a role in the case;
- How employable the prospective recipient is (if they're currently out of work) and how long it may take them to find employment that eliminates the need for spousal support (including whether they require any training or professional education);
- The contributions the parties made to each other's educations, careers, or professional licenses;
- How the parties divided responsibilities during their marriage or partnership;
- Whether one party paused their career for the other to participate in activities such as parenting;
- How a spousal support arrangement would impact the payor;
- How a support order could impact each party's taxes;
- Other factors that may play into each party's financial stability, such as debts and property they own.
Unlike in many other states, California courts do not use a formula to establish spousal support. Instead, the court utilizes the above factors to create a spousal support arrangement customized to each party's needs.
It's important to note that a court does not necessarily need to determine your spousal support arrangement. If you and your partner agree on how much spousal support is necessary, you can draft a spousal or partner support agreement together with the help of your attorneys. If the court approves the order, it will be signed and finalized.
Like most other family court orders, individuals can modify a spousal support arrangement if it becomes outdated. Similarly, a court can impose penalties on an individual who refuses to pay for support.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, our Calabasas spousal support attorneys have more than a decade of experience helping Californians navigate spousal support cases.
Certified Family Law Specialists
We have three certified family law specialists on our team. A certified family law specialist must pass a rigorous exam, fulfill mandated ongoing educational requirements, been favorably evaluated by peer review, and show at least a five-year focus and proficiency in family law.
At Feinberg & Waller, APC all the attorneys attend monthly team performance strategic planning sessions to execute and deploy tactical case management objectives. Clients receive added value as they are never charged for more than two of the attorneys during these meetings yet the entire team brainstorms on each matter within the firm.
Role of the General Counsel
The office of Feinberg & Waller, APC has a general counsel whose role is to focus on law firm management, corporate governance, and business policy. The litigation attorneys are then able to focus on your matter rather than having to concentrate on running the business aspect of a law firm.
Outstanding National and International Reputation
Firm shareholder, Marshall Waller is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Fellows are recognized as having advanced skills in family law and are recognized leaders in the field.
Our Intake Process helps us determine if we can handle your matter while managing the needs of our existing clients.
Our Case Intake manager will ask you basic questions. Feinberg & Waller, APC limits the number of cases we accept because we’ve found that selectivity advances our commitment to excellence.
After the intake process, we run a conflict check to make sure we have not spoken with the other party in your matter in the past. If we determine that there is no conflict, our case intake manager will go over the range in fees , from our Paralegals at $195/hr, to our Associate Attorneys starting at $250/hr, and our Certified Family Law Specialists (CFLS) starting at $495/hr.
We will schedule your consultation with one of Feinberg & Waller, APC Certified Family Law Specialists. A CFLS has gone through a rigorous process of proven qualifications. If you find yourself in the position where you need to speak to an attorney immediately, you may schedule an initial consultation with Marshall Waller through our "Schedule Consultation" links.