One of the questions that come up when I am helping someone through the divorce process is regarding spousal support and alimony. The terms “alimony” and “spousal support” mean the same thing and are interchangeable when talking about support after a divorce.
Spousal support in California is meant to help ensure a divorced spouse can maintain a standard of living that resembles the standard of living they had during their marriage. This is important because it is common for one spouse to be untrained or out of the workforce for a significant amount of time and it is difficult for them to quickly attain work that provides the income they need to maintain an expected standard of living.
Spousal support in California is meant to help financially support the divorced spouse during the time it takes them to obtain employment that can provide enough income for the expected standard of living.
Only about 10-15% of all divorces or separations include any spousal support as part of the final divorce judgment or decree. However, it’s important to keep in mind that alimony will probably be the largest financial obligation you will incur as part of a divorce.
Typically alimony payments can be greatly reduced or eliminated when an ex-spouse moves in with their new partner or gets married.
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