Marin County Alimony Lawyer
Alimony in California is a complicated matter. It is important, however, to understand how it could affect your divorce. Your handling of alimony in a Marin County divorce or separation can have a substantial impact on your financial future. Contact a lawyer from the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., for help with alimony during a divorce case. Our experienced lawyers in Marin County can protect your rights.
Why Choose Us for Marin County Alimony Cases
- We provide personal attention and thoughtful representation to each client. Your lawyer will prioritize your unique needs and interests.
- Our lawyers have vast experience with all types of family law matters, including complex divorce and separation cases involving alimony claims.
- We have litigators who provide effective advocacy in and out of court. Whether your case settles at mediation or requires a trial, we are prepared for anything.
What Is Alimony?
Alimony – also known as spousal support and spousal maintenance – is an order requiring one spouse to pay the other to maintain the recipient’s standard of living after a divorce or separation. Alimony gives a lesser-earning spouse the funds needed to continue the lifestyle he or she enjoyed during the marriage or partnership. An alimony court order may continue for as long as the receiving spouse needs the money. It may also have a specific end date, or, in some cases, it could be permanent.
How Does Alimony Work in Marin, California?
Alimony may be available in a divorce case if a significant disparity exists between each spouses’ earning. A judge in Marin County will consider how much each spouse earns, as well as the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage or partnership. A judge will also look at each spouse’s ability to earn in the future, such as a person’s education, skill and job experience. Finally, a judge will take the length of the marriage or partnership into consideration.
If a judge believes a party will be unable to maintain his or her standard of living after a divorce, the judge will grant the alimony request. There are two types of alimony available in California: temporary and permanent. Temporary alimony is given after a couple separates but before the divorce is finalized. This type of order can give a spouse the money he or she needs to pay for bills and living expenses during a divorce. Permanent alimony is an order granted by a judge as part of a divorce decree.
Despite its name, permanent alimony may not last indefinitely. It can have a specific end date according to the length of the marriage. In general, if the marriage lasted less than 10 years the courts in California will issue a spousal support order for half the length of a marriage. For longer marriages, spousal support typically lasts until the recipient remarries, dies or the court issues a new order ending the support. It is possible for an alimony order to last for life, in some cases.
How a Marin County Alimony Lawyer Can Help
If you wish to pursue a claim for alimony or defend against one in Marin County, hire an attorney to represent you. A divorce lawyer will have an in-depth understanding of the laws and statutes related to spousal maintenance in your county. Your lawyer will be able to file a claim for alimony on your behalf, or defend against such a request.
Contact the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., For Marin County Alimony Help Today
It is important to protect your legal rights as a party involved in a divorce or legal separation case in California. Tough issues such as spousal support can require intervention from a family law attorney. Consult with an attorney from the Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., as soon as possible. Our Marin County alimony lawyers can help you achieve a positive case outcome. Call (866) 963-8623 today.