Spousal Support

Compassionate Pasadena, California Divorce Lawyers with Decades of Experience

Throughout your marriage, it is likely that you and your spouse were financially co-dependent in one way or another. Whether you were the sole income earner, you were a stay-at-home parent, or you both contributed to the household income, establishing spousal support obligations can be complicated. At Salisbury Lee & Tsuda, LLP, we are experienced in the complicated issues surrounding spousal support determinations. We represent clients seeking to collect spousal support as well as individuals who want to defend against unfair or unmanageable spousal support obligations.

Our experienced Pasadena spousal support attorneys know that an unfair determination could create undue hardship. We also know that the denial of support could significantly reduce your standard of living after divorce and that an inappropriately high order may create hardships for a party paying spousal support and other members of their family. A Pasadena divorce attorney with our firm is committed to helping you protect your rights and financial interests through strategic negotiation or in litigation, when necessary.

Protect Your Rights in Your Spousal Support Matter

Our lawyers are experienced with all aspects of divorce, from division of property to spousal support, child custody and more. A Pasadena family law attorney from our firm can also assist you with any post-divorce issues that may arise, such as necessary modifications of child support, spousal support, child custody and enforcement of previous court orders.

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A Pasadena family law attorney with our firm will be sensitive to the issues that you face and will work constructively with opposing parties on even the most emotionally charged and divisive issues. We are available to assist you on the following matters:

In many divorces, the determination of how much spousal support is paid and for how long is the primary issue in the divorce. This is especially true where the couple’s assets are limited and/or easy to value, or where there is a significant gap in income between the parties. Spousal support can determined through an agreement or through a judge’s order.

Both temporary and ongoing spousal support are available in a California divorce action to either a husband or wife:

Temporary spousal support. A spouse who makes less income than the other spouse can petition the court for temporary spousal support at the beginning of divorce proceedings in order to have financial stability throughout the course of the divorce. A judge will customarily plug the two spouses’ incomes into a formula to achieve temporary support amount. This spousal support will be paid for the duration of the divorce proceedings (which can persist for an extended time), and the judge will then make a determination regarding how much, if any, support should be paid following the divorce.

Ongoing spousal support. This type of spousal support will be paid following the finalization of the marriage. For longer marriages, it may be permanent in nature or last until the payee spouse remarries. For shorter marriages, it will often be of limited duration, roughly half the length of the marriage. Although child support calculations are based on a statutory mathematical formula, judges have significantly more discretion to make determinations of spousal support. As your attorneys, we will review the facts of your case and use appropriate facts surrounding your marriage or divorce to make your best possible argument to the court demonstrating your need for support or why your support obligations should be minimized.

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In California, spousal support determinations are based on a number of factors, including:

  • The duration of marriage
  • Skills and educational training of the dependent spouse
  • Extent to which employability may have been impacted by the marriage and domestic duties
  • Ability of the supporting party to pay support
  • Needs of both parties based on the standard of living during the marriage
  • Obligations including assets and separate property
  • Age and health of parties

Our attorneys are also experienced in issues of modification and termination of spousal support awards when there has been a change in circumstance of either party, such as a gain or loss of a job or a financial windfall. We also help in enforcing the payment of past support awards where you have not been paid.

At Salisbury Lee & Tsuda, LLP, we are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome in your family law matter and establishing a solution that works for you and your family in the long run. You can trust that your Pasadena divorce lawyer will always remain available to answer your questions, address your concerns and effectively assert your rights through negotiation and settlement or in court. For a consultation with an experienced attorney, please call 626.449.4812 or contact us online. We are available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Salisbury Lee & Tsuda, LLP is located two blocks south of Lake Ave. and Colorado Blvd. Our firm is accessible from the 110 (Pasadena) Freeway and the 210 Freeway. Free parking is available. We also have attorneys who speak Mandarin and Japanese.

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