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Spousal Support Attorney

Expert Los Angeles Alimony Lawyer

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Understanding Spousal Support in Divorce Proceedings

Divorce is a challenging journey filled with uncertainty, especially when it involves financial security and well-being. At the Law Offices of Charles M. Green, we recognize the importance of navigating these waters with both compassion and expertise. Charles M. Green, a California Certified Family Law Specialist with a robust financial background in accountancy, offers unparalleled guidance in understanding and navigating the complexities of spousal support.


What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, often referred to as alimony, is a financial assistance that one spouse may be required to provide to the other during or after a divorce. Its primary purpose is to minimize the economic impact on the spouse who earns lower income or none at all, ensuring a fair and equitable transition to post-divorce life.


Permanent Spousal Support:

Determined at the conclusion of the divorce, focusing on various factors including the ability to pay, age, health, and any special needs. This support addresses longer-term financial stability and compensation for career sacrifices made during the marriage.


Alimony vs. Spousal Support: Understanding the Difference

While often used interchangeably, the terms alimony and spousal support have nuanced differences that impact their application and understanding. Alimony traditionally referred to payments made to support a former spouse, while spousal support encompasses a broader scope, including temporary support during legal proceedings. Our firm guides clients through these definitions, ensuring clarity and strategic planning in each case.


Examples and Financial Implications of Spousal Support

Spousal support awards vary significantly based on the couple’s unique circumstances. For instance, a spouse who has foregone career advancement to support the family may receive support to compensate for lost earning potential and to facilitate career development or education.


Financial Planning and Analysis:

We conduct a thorough analysis of tax returns and financial statements to understand each party’s financial standing, aiming for arrangements that protect our clients’ futures.

Mediation and Litigation:

Whether through voluntary settlement or courtroom litigation, our focus is on achieving fair outcomes. Charles M. Green leverages his financial acumen and legal expertise to advocate for clients’ interests effectively.


Navigating Your Alimony Options

Understanding your options during divorce proceedings is crucial. We offer comprehensive consultations to explore the avenues for securing spousal support, whether through negotiation, mediation, or litigation. Each strategy is tailored to meet the unique needs and objectives of our clients, ensuring a path forward that aligns with their financial and personal goals.

Frequently Asked Questions about
Alimony in California


What is alimony?

Alimony, often referred to as spousal support, is financial assistance one spouse may need to provide the other following a divorce or separation. It’s designed to help the receiving spouse maintain a standard of living comparable to that of the marriage.

Is alimony taxable/tax deductible?

As of recent tax law changes, alimony payments are no longer tax-deductible for the payer, nor are they considered taxable income for the recipient, for divorces finalized after December 31, 2018. Note: This applies to divorces finalized after December 31, 2018. For divorces before this date, the older tax rules still apply.

What qualifies a spouse for alimony?

Qualification for alimony depends on several factors, including:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The age and health of both spouses
  • The earning capacity of the lower-earning spouse


How long does alimony last?

The duration of alimony payments can vary widely. For marriages lasting 10 years or less, it’s often influenced by the length of the marriage but may be shorter or longer depending on circumstances. Longer marriages may result in longer or even permanent support obligations.

How much does alimony cost in California?

The cost of alimony in California is not fixed. Courts determine a fair amount based on various factors, including the earnings of both parties, the standard of living during the marriage, and other financial responsibilities of each spouse.

What disqualifies you from alimony in California?

Certain conditions may disqualify a spouse from receiving alimony. These can include if the marriage was extremely short, the requesting spouse has a significant income, or in cases of documented domestic violence perpetrated by the spouse seeking support, though courts may make rare exceptions in cases of extreme financial hardship.

How is alimony calculated?

Alimony calculations in California consider numerous factors, including but not limited to:

  • Both spouses’ incomes
  • The length of the marriage
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • Each spouse’s financial needs and capabilities.


How many years do you have to be married to get alimony in California?

There’s no mandatory minimum duration of marriage to qualify for alimony in California. However, the length of the marriage does significantly influence the duration of support, with longer marriages usually resulting in longer support periods.


Can you negotiate alimony in California?

Yes, you can negotiate alimony in California. These negotiations can occur through direct discussions, mediation, or collaborative law, allowing both parties to reach an agreement that best fits their financial realities and preferences.

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Contact Spousal Attorney Charles M. Green

In the unpredictable terrain of divorce and family law in California, you need a skilled attorney like Charles Green. His unique combination of over 26 years of legal experience and financial insight, stemming from his background as a certified public accountant, sets him apart from the rest.

Charles deeply understands the financial intricacies of divorce, blending this knowledge with an empathetic approach and a commitment to clear communication. This ensures that every client is equipped to make informed decisions about their future regarding alimony and spousal support.

Whether through friendly negotiations or firm litigation, Charles is dedicated to securing the best possible outcomes for his clients, making him an invaluable ally in your family law matters. Do not hesitate to contact Charles M. Green for a consultation today.