Proven Legal Help from a Trusted Santa Ana Alimony Lawyer
The Law Offices of James P. Cronn knows how important a fair alimony determination is in the wake of divorce—too much is burdensome and too little is unjust. To ensure your alimony arrangement is reasonable, it is critical to rely on the legal help of an experienced law firm. Our divorce lawyers are dedicated to making sure your rights are properly represented. We have helped clients obtain favorable alimony determinations throughout southern California since 1997.
What is Spousal Support
Spousal support is a financial obligation in which one spouse is ordered to provide maintenance to the other, typically on a monthly basis. The underlying theory is often that a support-seeking spouse has become accustomed to a certain lifestyle or standard of living, particularly in a marriage lasting a decade or longer. The support order is meant to maintain that way of life for a few months, years, or even a remaining lifetime. If you and your spouse have been married for some time, and there is a considerable difference in your income and earning capacity, spousal support will almost certainly be an issue in your divorce, and you will want the help of a knowledgeable attorney.
Calculating Spousal Support in California
Courts in California are responsible for determining the appropriate amount of alimony in a divorce. A court’s alimony order is calculated using factors listed in §4320 of the California Family Code. A great deal of discretion is involved in a court’s alimony determination, so it is important to have an alimony attorney Santa Ana residents trust. Our office has more than 20 years of experience helping clients obtain an alimony amount appropriate for their circumstances. We can help make sure your alimony obligation or expectation is fair.
Under California law, courts consider a number of factors before reaching a decision on alimony. These factors include:
- How long a marriage lasted
- What lifestyle either spouse was accustomed to during marriage
- How much either spouse can pay to maintain that lifestyle
- Whether finding work would make raising children too difficult
- How old either spouse is and in what type of health
- How much either spouse has in the way of assets and debts
- Whether the support-seeking spouse could become self-supporting within a reasonable time
Consult an Experienced Lawyer who Santa Ana Residents Depend On
Contact the Law Offices of James P. Cronn to learn more about alimony in California and how we can help. Every new client is given a free initial consultation.