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Factors California courts consider when awarding spousal support

When your California marriage ends, you may develop financial concerns and question whether you might be able to enjoy the same standard of living you do now when your divorce becomes final. If you think you are not going to be able to realistically support yourself in the absence of your former partner, you may decide to seek spousal support during your divorce.

Per the California Judicial Branch, county courts refer to the same set of variables when making decisions about spousal support. What are some of the areas considered?

The length of the marriage

While there is no hard and fast rule dictating that those in longer marriages are more likely to get alimony, this is often the case. This may be because the chances of you sacrificing your own career or schooling for the sake of your partner’s are higher when your relationship was a lengthy one.

Childcare considerations

Courts may also consider whether you may find it hard to hold down a job due to existing parental responsibilities when deciding whether to award you spousal support.

The age, physical conditions and earning capacities of both parties

Courts also take into account the age and health of both parties when making decisions about alimony. If you are older, lack marketable skills or have a disability that might prevent you from obtaining gainful employment, this may help you in your pursuit of spousal support.

These are some of the variables California courts consider when deciding whether to make spousal support awards in divorces. However, this is not a complete list of all areas that may undergo consideration.