Providing Financial Security

Establishing A Fair Start For The Next Chapter

When a couple divorces, spousal support provides a financial structure to help them part ways in a more equitable manner. In many marriages, for example, one person is the breadwinner while the other stays home to take care of family or the house. In many cases, one spouse handles all the money and the other may not even be aware of or used to handling this task. Spousal support helps the lower earner or the non-earning spouse to maintain financial stability once the marriage ends.

Different Types Of Support

Spousal support orders are not one-size-fits-all. Spousal support (also known as "alimony") can differ in amount, duration and purpose depending on a variety of factors, including:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Earning ability of each spouse
  • Age of each spouse
  • Health of each spouse

Depending on your circumstances, support orders may be temporary or permanent (until death or remarriage of the recipient spouse), or may only require payment until the recipient spouse is able to support him or herself. Alimony can also take the form of a lump-sum payment, or require the payer to finance education or job retraining of the recipient spouse.

Let's Talk About Your Situation

When you come in for your initial consultation with one of our San Francisco divorce attorneys at DeLacey, Riebel & Shindell, LLP, we can discuss the particulars of your case and help you to understand how California's spousal support laws would likely work in your situation. To schedule your appointment with a lawyer, call our firm at 415-528-7000 or write to us to start the process.