Issues surrounding spousal support or alimony understandably raise significant anxiety and, sometimes, disagreement between couples entering into a divorce. Whether a spouse expects to pay support or receive it, the financial obligations involved represent a continuing connection to a spouse—one that, in some cases, can last for years after a divorce is finalized.
With more than 25 years of practice in the area of divorce and family law at Chase, Berenstein and Murray, Counselors at Law, I have learned to approach spousal support disputes pragmatically in order to benefit my clients for both the short and long term. Strategic counsel is required because spousal support can incite strong reactions from both spouses in a divorce. As a seasoned Burlingame spousal support attorney, I represent people throughout the Bay Area seeking to ensure that, regardless of their relative financial position, their legal rights are protected both during and following divorce proceedings.
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There are two types of spousal support payments that California courts can order: temporary support and post-judgment support. Temporary support is meant to provide for the recipient spouse during the course of divorce proceedings. In a litigated divorce the amount of support is determined by formulas linked to the difference between spousal incomes, once child support payments are accounted for.
By contrast, courts determine post-judgment support obligations by looking at a long list of factors and assessing what the longer term needs of the recipient spouse will be.
Parties can take greater control over the process by using mediation or Collaborative Practice to arrive a spousal support agreement. In these situations, the couple's unique financial situation is reviewed and considered and, review periods, end dates and other measures can be incorporated, to help ensure fairness for both parties.
In some cases, it may be advisable to make a support agreement unmodifiable or to consider a spousal support buyout. As an experienced Burlingame spousal support lawyer, I know when such nontraditional approaches may be in my clients' best interests.
No matter where you are in the divorce process, I can put my experience to use in your case as a San Mateo divorce attorney. Contact me at (650) 516-4777!