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Spousal Support


Spousal Support Attorney in Chico, California
Determination of spousal support in a California divorce is not achieved by way of a strict formula as is the case with child support. Rather, a number of factors go into the decision by a family law judge to order spousal support, including the following:
  • Ability to maintain marital standard of living in light of earning capacities
  • Contributions to other spouse’s education, training, etc.
  • Supporting spouse’s ability to pay
  • “Needs” in light of marital standard of living
  • Parties’ assets and debts
  • Duration of marriage
  • Employability of custodial spouse considering the impact on children
  • Age and health of the parties
  • History of domestic violence
  • Tax consequences
  • Relative hardships
  • Goal of self-support
  • Spousal abuse conviction (mandatory factor for support reduction/termination)
  • Other “just and equitable” factors

Each of these factors leaves room for persuasive argument except length of the marriage. If you are approaching a California divorce, you are wise to seek vigorous legal representation to protect your long-term financial interests:

  • Seek spousal support if you need and deserve it.
  • Prevent an order that you pay spousal support when your wife or husband can, in fact, support herself or himself.
  • Limit the amount or duration of spousal support that you are ordered to pay.
  • Exchange spousal maintenance for some element of property division that is more important to you and/or your spouse.

Talk to a Chico spousal support lawyer who will be honest with you and will advocate zealously on your behalf.

Our Approach and Resources Can Make a Difference

Our northern California alimony attorneys at Rooney Law Firm work together to review all factors in your California divorce or separation that may influence a family law court in your favor or in your spouse’s favor. We prepare to present vigorous arguments on your behalf aimed at achieving a fair outcome that protects your best interests.

Getting the Right Legal Team Starts With Choosing the Right Attorney

Chico Phone: (530) LAW-HELP (530-345-5678)
California Toll Free: (800) TKO-4LAW (800-856-4529)

Available for office appointments at: Redding, CA and Nevada City, CA

For a free initial consultation, call us at either of the two numbers listed above or complete the brief e-mail form provided on the Contact page of this website.

Our goal is to help people in the best way possible. this is a basic principle in every case and cause for success. contact us today for a free consultation. 

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