Spousal Support Attorney in San Jose, CA
Helping Clients with Divorce and Alimony Matters in Santa Clara County
Alimony, also known as spousal maintenance or spousal support, is a feature of many of the divorce cases we handle. This is especially true when one party is unemployed or receiving government benefits of some kind. Often, the issue is not whether alimony will be awarded but for how long and in what amount.
If you need straightforward answers and knowledgeable legal guidance regarding alimony in your divorce, the law offices of Gemma V. Reyes, Attorney at Law, can help. We serve clients in the Bay Area and Southern California seeking fair and workable spousal support arrangements. Contact our family law firm to schedule an informative initial consultation with a San Jose alimony lawyer.
Determining Temporary and Permanent Alimony
Alimony is support paid by one spouse to another during or after the divorce. Like child support, temporary spousal support is generally determined by a formula that calculates income and expenses and determines the amount of support. This is a relatively simple calculation. Your lawyer can often tell you with a high degree of certainty how much temporary alimony will likely be awarded in your case.
Determining whether to award permanent spousal support is more complicated. Many additional factors are considered in determining this type of alimony, including:
- Standard of living during the marriage
- Any history of domestic violence
- Education, ability to work and experience of the spouse seeking support
- Income, assets and expenses of the supporting spouse
- Length of marriage
- Age of the parties
In California, any marriage that lasted more than 10 years is considered a long-term marriage for the purposes of awarding alimony. In those cases, alimony may be awarded for an indefinite amount of time.
Ending Alimony Payments in California
One thing to remember about alimony is that "permanent is only permanent until circumstances change." Alimony is not a punishment for one party and a reward for the other. If alimony is no longer necessary or appropriate, such as when the party receiving support has remarried or obtained a high-paying job, even permanent spousal support can be terminated by court order.
Spousal Support Modifications
When there has been a significant change in circumstances, it may be appropriate to modify an existing alimony order. If the supporting spouse becomes unemployed, takes a pay cut or has sudden, unexpected medical costs, modification may help. Attorney Reyes will work to modify the existing order and secure a reasonable payment plan.
Contact a San Jose Spousal Support Lawyer
Call the offices of Gemma V. Reyes, Attorney at Law, in Santa Clara at 408-292-6289 or contact our family law firm online to schedule an appointment.