How can our experienced Carlsbad and North County spousal support attorneys protect your interests and achieve a better outcome in your divorce case?
Spousal support is often one of the most contentious issues within a North County or Carlsbad divorce. Unlike child support which has very specific state guidelines, the judge has much more flexibility when it comes to deciding whether spousal support is to be awarded as well as the amount to be paid.
Spousal support is based upon many variables including but not limited to:
- the incomes and existing lifestyle of the parties
- the present skills of spousal support recipients and their ability to gain meaningful employment and financial independence
- the duration of the marriage
- the extent to which the recipient contributed to the career, education or support of the party paying spousal support
- the age and health of the parties
California family law generally provides goals for spousal support. The party receiving spousal support should be self-supporting in a reasonable period of time, often half the term of the marriage itself. The judge often issues a “Gavron Warning” which specifically informs the recipient of their responsibility to seek meaningful employment and the time frame for support will be limited.
In longer term marriages (marriages of 10 years or longer) support may be longer in duration, especially if one party gave up a career to remain at home to help raise children, support the other spouse and manage the household.
The experienced Carlsbad and North County spousal support attorneys at Burke & Domercq have extensive negotiation and trial experience in these cases. We aggressively advocate to accomplish our client’s goals and objectives and provide advice and insight based upon decades of experience in spousal support matters here in Carlsbad.
If you are searching for experienced Carlsbad and North County spousal support attorneys or wish to approach the Court to request a post-decree modification of the amount or term of spousal support we invite you to contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment.