Spousal Support

San Francisco Spousal Support Attorneys

Representing Your Best Interests in the Counties of San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Contra Costa, Marin, & Santa Clara

Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, may or may not become an issue that needs to be settled when California couples file for legal separations or divorce. Unlike child support, spousal support is not mandated by law. You must file a petition for spousal support if you wish to seek it and — after thoroughly reviewing many factors relevant to your case — the court has discretion as to whether it will be granted. The court will also determine whether it will be temporary and/or permanent and how much the obligation will be. 

At Nachlis | Cohade | Lopez-Whitaker, LLP, we represent individuals on both sides of the issue: those seeking spousal support and those contesting it or fighting for a fair amount. We also represent individuals seeking modifications of current spousal support orders in post-divorce cases; these are based on the substantial circumstantial changes of either party. Our team understands the many factors and variables that can be used to support your case. We work diligently to protect your legal rights and best interests and to ensure that your spousal support order is fair and just and fully reflects your situation and needs. 

Spousal Support Cases in California

Spousal support can be granted on a temporary basis while the divorce or legal separation is pending, as well as on a more permanent basis after the case has been finalized. “Permanent” spousal support is technically referred to as “post-divorce judgment” and is granted at the discretion of the court. The court bases its decision on a review of many factors related to the unique circumstances of the couple. After its review, the court will determine if alimony is warranted, how much the payment should be, and how long it will last. 

The purpose of temporary alimony is generally to ensure a dependent or lower-earning spouse can meet monthly expenses until the case has been finalized in terms of property division and more permanent support. Permanent support is granted to ensure that the standard of living created by the marriage remains intact for a less financially-advantaged spouse after divorce. This support is also meant to help supported spouses gain the education, training, or job experience needed to become financially independent. 

The duration of spousal support will depend on individual circumstances, such as how long the marriage lasted; the ages and health of the parties; their financial needs, resources, and liabilities; and many other considerations. Because of the complexity of this issue and how it relates to your individual circumstances, your financial interests will be best served by working with an experienced family law attorney. Our firm has assisted countless clients in seeking, contesting, enforcing, and modifying this support through the courts. 

Put a San Francisco spousal support attorney in your corner to resolve your issue or dispute. Contact Nachlis | Cohade | Lopez-Whitaker, LLP online or at (415) 855-9344 to set up a consultation.