Spousal Support Attorney | Los Angeles | Ventura | Woodland Hills
Spousal support, formerly known as alimony, may be sought while a divorce is pending in California, and may be modified afterwards. It is up to the court to issue "temporary spousal support” orders when applied for. The court uses county-specific formulas for calculating temporary spousal support. However, in contrast to California's child support guidelines, temporary spousal support guidelines are not mandatory. At trial or case-settlement stage, a judge or the parties by agreement set "permanent spousal support" and determine how long it will last.
If you need Spousal Support or get served with an Spousal Support request in a Los Angeles or Ventura County case, come to our Woodland Hills office for Mr. Conviser's legal advice and Unbundled services.
Spousal Support | Unbundled Legal Services | Los Angeles | Ventura
If you are representing yourself, and need Spousal Support or get served with an RFO (Request for Order) seeking Spousal Support in a Los Angeles or Ventura County case, we can provide you Unbundled Legal Services to assist you in strategizing and conceptualizing your RFO or Responsive Declaration, as well as drafting, filing and serving documents appropriate to that matter, obtaining evidence and witnesses to support your case, and preparing you and your witnesses for the hearing.
Spousal Support | Limited Scope Representation | Ventura | Los Angeles
If you represent yourself, but need Spousal Support or get served with an RFO seeking Spousal Support in a Ventura or Los Angeles case, if you realize that you are inadequately equipped to deal with it, we can provide you referrals to Limited Scope Representation, to draft, file and serve documents appropriate to that matter, obtain evidence and witnesses, prepare you and your witnesses for the hearing, and appear at the hearing on your behalf to present and argue your case.
Spousal Support | Full Service Representation | Los Angeles | Ventura
If you need Spousal Support or get served with an RFO seeking Spousal Support in a Los Angeles or Ventura County case, we can provide you referrals to representation on a Full-Service basis, who will handle all aspects of your case from start to finish.
Spousal support can be complicated and highly contentious. If you have questions or concerns about spousal support contact the Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser in Woodland Hills today for a free initial consultation.
The right lawyer can make all the difference.
“Honor and integrity are reflected in his work and life. His tenacity is unmatched, he's like a dog who'll NEVER give up the bone ... He has my complete respect and trust.” - MLG
"Most unexpectedly, what I still can't seem to quite believe, is the respect that Donald shows me with each and every phone call or meeting. I am so unaccustomed to being treated that way that I still don't quite know what to do with it. I am profoundly grateful to him for that and it has taken me a long way in my recovery." - KS
Several factors are taken into consideration when a judge in California determines permanent spousal support. These include, but are not limited to:
- Marital standard of living
- Duration of the marriage
- Whether one spouse was out of the workforce to take care of domestic duties
- Whether one spouse helped the other to obtain an education, career or professional license
- Whether working outside the home would make it too difficult to care for the children
- Whether there is a history of domestic violence
- Age and health of the parties
- Assets and debts of each party
Duration, Modifications and Tax Considerations
In marriages of short duration, permanent spousal support is usually awarded for half the duration of the marriage. In marriages of long duration, permanent spousal support is usually awarded until that spouse’s death or remarriage. A family law specialist can be effective at persuading a judge that a marriage should be treated as either a marriage of long duration or a marriage of short duration, depending on his client’s objectives.
Spousal support may be modified if a material change of circumstances justifies a modification, but the increase in the payor’s income or assets may not be a change of circumstances to justify a modification of spousal support unless the permanent spousal support award was insufficient to enable the supported spouse to live at the marital lifestyle. A family law specialist can assist in establishing that the permanent award was inadequate to attain increased spousal support, or in establishing that the permanent award was adequate, to prevent a subsequent spousal support increase.
Spousal support is ordinarily tax-deductible for the paying spouse and taxable income for the supported spouse.
Are you in need of spousal support? Is your former spouse seeking spousal support from you? Was your marriage of long or short duration? Is your former spouse capable of working but choosing not to work or working only part time or below his or her capacity to work? Was the permanent spousal support order sufficient to enable the supported spouse to live at the marital standard of living? Have circumstances changed since the last Spousal Support Order, and will the change justify a change in Spousal Support? Do you suspect your spouse is hiding income or assets? Does your former spouse owe you back Spousal Support? How can you collect Spousal Support Arrearages? Call or e-mail Warner Center Law Offices’ family law attorney, Donald F. Conviser, today.
Offering a Powerful, Efficient, Successful Approach to Spousal Support. E-mail us or Call 818.880.8990 or 888.616.0659 | Free telephone consultation.