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When a marriage ends and the divorce process begins, there are several issues that must be resolved before a final dissolution of the marriage can be granted by the court. Unfortunately, many of these issues can be contentious, and one such issue that can quickly become heated is that of spousal support. If you are facing the prospect of having a divorce begin, you need to seek the help of San Diego spousal support lawyers as soon as possible so that your rights as a man are properly protected and enforced. Below is a brief overview of this issue.
California spousal support orders are generally provided by the court when it is in the interests of the spouse who has not been generating as much income for the family to be able to maintain his or her lifestyle. The majority of California spousal support orders are made for the benefit of the woman and to the detriment of the man, but there is no tangible law that defines this issue by gender. These payments are generally made on a monthly basis and will continue for a duration that is usually set out in the final order.
California law provides for several factors that courts are supposed to use to determine whether an order for spousal support is appropriate for a given case. Examples of these factors that appear in the California statutes include:
While these are only examples of the factors that courts will use to make this decision, they do serve as important guidelines for those facing the prospect of having to pay spousal support. Spousal support orders can be temporary or permanent. A permanent order for support can be terminated if the person receiving this support subsequently marries someone else or the financial circumstances of the parties change.
Anyone who is facing the possibility of having to pay spousal support has much to do in the way of preparation and organization of several different assets and liabilities. Failure to meticulously prepare for this issue could lead to a negative result and an ongoing obligation that could be difficult to maintain.
If you are dealing with this issue and you would like to make sure that all of your legal rights are properly protected and enforced, contact the San Diego spousal support lawyers at the Men's Legal Center today to schedule an initial consultation.