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Spousal Support after a Long Term Marriage in Carlsbad

On Behalf of | May 7, 2020 | Spousal Support

Is there usually an award of spousal support after a long term marriage in Carlsbad or North County? The important time frame in these divorce cases is often established when the underlying marriage passes the 10 year mark. If you are married less than 10 years, the amount and duration of spousal support is often much less than what is awarded in longer term marriages.

Once you cross the 10 year threshold new factors will play a more important role in determining spousal support in a North County or Carlsbad divorce case. Unlike child support guidelines in California, spousal support does not have the same financial calculus or formula established in family law. Spousal support much more flexible and is based upon several “factors” including but not limited to:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age and health of both parties
  • The ability to gain meaningful employment and earn a living wage
  • One party giving up a career to manage the household and raise children
  • Supporting the other spouse financially during education or professional licensing
  • The present lifestyle of the parties

Spousal support is not mandated by California law.  It is intended to somewhat even the financial playing field between the spouses during and after the process of a divorce.  Spousal support is usually not meant to be permanent, however, in some cases it can be until a significant change in the status of the recipient.

While spousal support after a long term marriage is often a contentious issue, the experienced Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq have represented clients in negotiations, mediation and before the courts of Carlsbad for decades. We protect our client’s interests and work to achieve the best possible outcome.

If you are concerned about spousal support after a long term marriage in Carlsbad or North County we invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact us or call 760-389-3927 to schedule an appointment.