Ventura Spousal Support Lawyer
Fighting for Spousal Support & Alimony for 30+ Years
When going through divorce proceedings, spousal support is a particularly tricky topic. Reaching an agreement can seem like an impossible task. An experienced marital support attorney can help you through this challenging time and provide you with the support you need to feel more confident in court. At the Law Offices of Robert P. Wright, we have over three decades of experience handling spousal support cases in Southern California, and we can help you too.
Schedule a free consultation today with our spousal support attorney in Ventura. Call (805) 667-0156 or contact our firm online.
What Is the Difference Between Spousal Support & Alimony?
Functionally, there is no difference between spousal support and alimony. "Alimony" is an older term, with "spousal support" being the more commonly used term today. Both refer to the payments sometimes made by one spouse to the other after a divorce or legal separation. Another phrase you may see to indicate spousal support is "spousal maintenance."
When determining spousal support, the courts consider many factors, including:
- Standard of living enjoyed by the couple during the marriage
- Length of the marriage
- Whether or not there are any dependent children
- Income of both parties
- The ability of the higher earning individual to make spousal support payments
- The ability of any unemployed individual to secure employment, including skill and education levels
- Non-financial contributions made to the household, such as child care, housekeeping, etc.
- Age and health of both parties
- Special needs of both parties
Once a spousal support judgment has been made by the courts, the party ordered to pay spousal support is legally required to make those payments to the other person.
How Long Do You Have to be Married in the State of California to Get Alimony?
The general principle is that if your marriage lasts less than 10 years, the duration of support will be one-half the length of the marriage. For example, if your marriage lasted only six years, then the support will last approximately three.
Any marriage that lasts over the ten year mark will be reviewed thoroughly to evaluate the long-term commitments by both parties. While some cases may have support lasting for a lifetime, there are plenty of spouses that agree to settle for a specific time frame.
What Happens if You Don’t Pay Alimony?
Not being able to pay alimony is common. That is why communication and understanding is important during these times. However, if a spouse does not pay what is owed, they will be violating a court order and may have their assets seized or fined a specific amount of money.
The court may also utilize wage garnishment in order to seize the money owed from their paychecks. If the original alimony order did not include an income withholding provision, then the supported spouse should consider asking the court to insert one.
Get Help Enforcing & Modifying Spousal Support Orders
Spousal support is determined based on the current circumstances of the couple at the time of the divorce. However, as time goes on, circumstances can change dramatically, sometimes resulting in the inability of the person responsible for making spousal support payments to comply with the court order. When this happens, it's essential to seek guidance from a Ventura spousal support lawyer right away and avoid missed payments. You may be eligible for a spousal support modification.
Similarly, if your ex-spouse has stopped making their court-ordered spousal support payments, you do have legal options to enforce those payments. At the Law Offices of Robert P. Wright, we can help you with both modifications of spousal support and the enforcement of spousal support.
If you live in Ventura and need help with spousal support, call our family law firm at (805) 667-0156.