Spousal support is characterized by the amount of support, the duration of support and the jurisdiction of the Court over the issue of support. The court has great latitude and discretion in determining spousal support; however, the court will examine the totality of the relationship when making its final decision. In marriages of ten years or less, support is commonly granted for half the length of the marriage. In divorces of marriages that are more than ten years – by statute, considered a lengthy marriage – the court will generally not create a future date of termination of spousal support or jurisdiction over spousal support.
The family court is required to examine 14 statutory factors in its decision (see Divorce Library, “How is Spousal Support Determined?”) While the factors are to be considered, there is still not a formula; the entirety of the situation is more important than any specific aspect.
The court will look at the greater perspective when considering spousal support:
What can each spouse earn to maintain the same or similar standard of living?
The court will consider factors, including the following:
The family lawyer has the duty to advocate on behalf of her client. Although the court may have an abundance of data and information available to help make the proper determination of whether and how much spousal support should be awarded, it is often the advocacy of the family lawyer that is of the most critical importance. The Family Law Attorneys at Yelman & Associates represent their clients with specific goals and results in mind. Many cases are determined specifically as a result of the attorney’s ability to convince and persuade the court on behalf of their client. We are articulate, seasoned, knowledgeable spousal support family law attorneys. For a complimentary telephone consultation, call Yelman & Associates at (619) 282-1107, or (760) 480-8400.
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