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Burbank Alimony Attorney

Helping Seek Just Spousal Support Agreements

Alimony agreements will often be a cornerstone in Burbank divorce cases. If you are currently seeking alimony, it is important to understand the different factors that the court will take into consideration. Spousal support is explained under California Family Code §§4320-4326. Under this area of family law, it is explained what the court will consider when determining alimony amounts.

Some of the factors considered in spousal support agreements include:

  • The earning capacity of each party and whether or not it can support their current standard of living.
    • The marketing skills of each party - whether or not they can make a decent living.
    • Whether one party was unemployed during the marriage for domestic duties and other & whether this affects the party's future earning capacity.
  • Whether the supporting party helped the supporting party to earn an education, career, etc.
  • Whether or not the supporting party can afford to pay alimony.
  • The standard of living that was established during the duration of the marriage.
  • The present financial situation of each party (ex: obligations & assets).
  • How long the marriage lasted between both parties.
  • Whether the supported party can gain employment without causing issues for dependent children.
  • The general age and health of both parties.
  • Whether or not domestic violence was a present issue in their marriage.
  • The immediate and future tax consequences each party is facing.

It is also important to keep in mind that alimony is rarely permanent. Rather, the court will often allow for the supported party to receive support for a reasonable period until they should be self-supporting. In many cases, a reasonable amount of time is estimated as half the length of the marriage, however, this can change depending on individual factors. Want to know more? Contact a Burbank divorce lawyer from our firm.

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