Spousal Support Attorneys San Mateo County

Spousal support, also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, is generally one of the most uncertain aspects of divorce. While there are tests, formulae and rules governing who receives what, how much and for how long, different judges can rule on the same issue in different ways. To secure the right outcome, you need to hire the right attorney.

Factors Considered and Types of Alimony

Spousal support consists of monetary payments made from one former spouse to another under certain circumstances. Depending on the specific financial circumstances of the party seeking payments and the party who is to make them, the amount of alimony varies from case to case. Likewise, the length of the marriage and the ability of the recipient spouse to make a living of his or her own can greatly affect the alimony order.

Examples of typical spousal maintenance include:

  • Temporary spousal support: This type of alimony attempts to maintain the standard of living of the recipient while a divorce is pending. Temporary support is typically higher than long-term spousal support.
  • Rehabilitative alimony: Short-term support payments sometimes awarded in shorter marriages to enable a spouse to go back to school or otherwise establish self-sufficiency.
  • Long-term spousal support: Awarded in longer marriages as a monthly payment that may continue until the recipient's death, remarriage or cohabitation. Awards and duration are based on several different statutory factors, including, but not limited to, income disparity, earning capacity, accustomed lifestyle, age, health, employability and career sacrifices during the marriage.

The attorneys at Harris and Fraser are experienced at accurately calculating the appropriate amount of alimony required in a given case. To avoid unnecessary expense and prolonging the divorce process, we invite you to learn more about alternative dispute resolution options.

Contact Our Burlingame, California, Family Law Firm Today

Harris and Fraser is dedicated to providing superior customer service and sound legal advice to clients who require assistance with family law matters, including divorce, spousal support and property division. Contact our attorneys online or call 650-389-9036 to discuss the unique facts of your case.