Spousal support is a legal obligation for one spouse to provide support to his or her significant other after divorce. Traditionally this type of support was provided by the husband to his wife but, beginning in the 1970s, more countries began moving toward gender equality and there was recognition by many states that a husband may need support as well. The purpose of spousal support, or “alimony,” is to limit the negative financial effects of divorce for the lower income or non-earning spouse.
While the primary purpose of spousal support is to make sure the spouse with less financial stability is capable of living a similar lifestyle after divorce, spousal support also gives the lower income spouse time to acquire the necessary skills to continue the type of lifestyle he or she was accustomed to during the marriage.
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Spousal support can be negotiated between spouses or determined by judges. When a judge decides on the amount of spousal support to award, he or she looks at a variety of factors:
We know that divorce can be hard on everybody involved, but questions of spousal support can make an already contentious situation even more complicated. At Cage & Miles LLP, our San Diego divorce lawyers have years of experience helping our clients resolve their spousal support cases by fighting to make sure that the amount of support awarded is fair and equitable.
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