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Spousal Support

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Spousal Support

Our Pasadena spousal support lawyers want to do everything possible to help with your spousal support case. Whether you need assistance seeking support or managing a support obligation, our team is here for you.


Spousal Support

Our divorce lawyers frequently work with clients who have been married for years, and sometimes for decades. We know that spouses become dependent upon one another in a marriage, and we know that some of that dependence involves financial support. In some households, we know it is important to have one parent stay at home with the kids while the other provides the family’s income.

We want to emphasize that there are a wide variety of financial situations in California marriages, and as such, courts do not follow any fixed rules or requirements when it comes to deciding whether spousal support is appropriate. Instead, we represent clients in many different kinds of divorce cases and financial situations in which judges decide spousal support should be awarded. Whether you stayed home and took care of your house and kids, or shared a household with dual incomes, we can help you to think through the possibilities pertaining to spousal support. Our team is here to help you negotiate spousal support with your spouse or to make a case to the court.

We will do everything we can to help you get a fair spousal support settlement.

Enforcing Spousal Support
Our spousal support lawyers do not want you to have to worry about whether you will actually receive the spousal support to which you are entitled. We want you to know that there are various options for spousal support enforcement. If the court awards you spousal support, your ex is required to make the payments accordingly. Yet we also know that exes often try to dodge spousal support obligations. If your ex cannot afford the payments, it is up to your ex to go through the proper channels to seek a modification. We can help with enforcement actions.
Lump Sum or Installments?
We know that you may be uncertain about whether to ask for spousal support in installments or as a lump sum payment. There are benefits and limitations to both options, and you should make the decision based on your own circumstances and what is right for you. We can discuss your needs with you and can help you to think through the best method for receiving spousal support payments. We also want to emphasize that, regardless of whether you get your support in a lump sum or installments, the spousal support order is legally binding.

We help clients who are seeking various types of spousal support in California, including the following:

  • Alimony pendente lite: This temporary form of spousal support we can help you to seek that gets paid before your divorce is finalized.
  • Permanent alimony: We often work with clients coming out of long-term marriages who are seeking permanent alimony. While this type of support can provide you with regular payments on a permanent basis, there are situations in which your ex may be able to seek a modification.
  • Alimony in gross: Sometimes we assist clients who are awarded lump-sum alimony on a one-time basis. We can discuss whether this type of alimony could benefit you.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: In most cases, our clients are thinking about rehabilitative alimony when they seek spousal support. This kind of support award is common when one spouse stayed at home to take care of the kids or made a significant contribution, to his or her own professional detriment, to the other spouse’s professional growth. Rehabilitative alimony is awarded for a finite period of time until they can get the education they need to support themselves.
  • Reimbursement alimony: You could be eligible for this unique form of support if you directly paid for your ex’s education, for example.

Our California Spousal Support Lawyers Can Help

We want to make sure you understand how courts award alimony, and whether you are likely to receive support. We also want you to know that we will advocate for your right to receive spousal support during your divorce case. One of our Pasadena spousal support lawyers at Salisbury, Lee & Tsuda can speak with you today about the specific details of your case.

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