When a couple legally separates or divorces, the court may order one spouse or domestic partner to pay the other a certain amount of support money each month. This is called “spousal support” for married couples and “partner support” in domestic partnerships. It is sometimes also called “alimony.”
At divorce, a period of spousal support may be ordered by the court; with the ultimate goal of both spouses becoming self-sufficient over time. A significant period of spousal support is generally more likely after a marriage that has lasted ten years or more where one spouse did not work. The amount and duration of support is determined by the standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage as well as a long list of other factors.
Whether you would like to request spousal support or you would like to avoid a long period of spousal maintenance, Mr. Leff is an experienced family law lawyer who can advocate for your best interests in negotiations and in court. He can also make a persuasive request to modify an existing spousal support order down the road, when circumstances have changed for either party.
In order for spousal or partner support to be legally established and officially start, there must be a court case.
A spouse or domestic partner can ask the judge to make a spousal or partner support order as part of 1 of these types of cases:
You can ask for spousal or partner support to be paid while your case is going on. This is called a “temporary spousal support order” or a “temporary partner support order.” Support can also be ordered once the divorce or legal separation becomes final, as part of the final divorce or separation judgment. When it is ordered once the case becomes final, it is called “permanent (or long-term) spousal or partner support.”
For more information about Spousal Support, please contact us at (650) 343-0500 and we can review your case.