What Factors Affect Alimony & Spousal Support?

What Factors Affect Alimony & Spousal Support?

If you are getting divorced, you likely want to understand if and how alimony will come into play. The good news is that we are here to help. Alimony has a big impact on finances whether you are the person paying it or receiving it. Are you wondering how alimony will affect your divorce case and how much you might be receiving or responsible for paying? Keep reading to learn more about how alimony is calculated and how Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP can help with your case.

What is alimony?

Alimony, also referred to as spousal support, refers to court-ordered payments awarded to a former spouse within a divorce or separation agreement.

How is alimony calculated?

So, how is alimony calculated? There are certain factors that go into the calculation of alimony, including:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living while married
  • Earning capacity of the spouse requesting support
  • Other spouse’s ability to pay support
  • Age and health of both spouses
  • Division of assets and debts
  • Custody arrangements for any children
  • Any history of domestic violence
  • Existence of any prenuptial agreement

Can you modify alimony orders?

Yes, you can modify alimony orders. However, the judge will only grant them under specific circumstances. Reasons include:

  • The spouse receiving support no longer needs it
  • The spouse paying support loses their job or is otherwise unable to afford payments
  • The spouse receiving support remarries or enters a new domestic partnership
  • The spouse receiving support is not making a good faith effort to become self-supporting

If you need help requesting an alimony modification, Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP can help.

If you need help with an alimony case, contact Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP today!

Are you getting a divorce and wondering how alimony will come into play? This can make a large impact on your finances whether you are the one paying or receiving alimony. The good news is that Kendall Gkikas & Mitchell, LLP is here to help. We have been providing family law services in California since 1994. With over 27 years of experience, you can trust us to handle your case. Give us a call today at 909-482-1422 to schedule your initial consultation.

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