Divorce is a difficult and life changing process that can literally take everything from you and leave you wondering how you’re going to make ends meet, where you’re going to live, and how you’re going to move forward. If you’re considering divorce, or if divorce proceedings have begun, you need to consider filing for spousal support.

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also known as Alimony, is financial support awarded to you from your spouse after the termination of a marriage. Gaining spousal support can be difficult, as some spouses may refuse to give financial support at the conclusion of the marriage. Divorce and spousal support laws differ throughout California and Orange County has its own regulations governing how or if spousal support is awarded. Spousal support isn’t about you getting what you need, it is getting what you deserve – your portion of what was earned by your spouse during your marriage.

How Do I Know if I Need Spousal Support?

While some may find this an obvious question, there are those who are completely at a loss when trying to determine if they need it or even if they can get it. If you’ve spent a majority of your marriage caring for your spouse or your children and weren’t able to pursue a career or further your education, you should file for spousal support. If you are unable to earn an income due to disability, you may need to file for spousal support. If you cannot continue to live in a standard to which you’ve grown accustomed, you should file for spousal support.

What is Involved in Gaining Spousal Support?

Determining spousal support through Orange County family law can be a contentious and aggressive experience and should not be handled without skilled and equally aggressive legal support. California family courts have the utmost discretion in determining spousal support.

In Orange County, spousal support is determined based on the following factors:

  • How long you’ve been married
  • The age and health of you and your spouse
  • How much you and your spouse earn
  • Your and your spouse’s education level
  • Your accustomed standard of living during the marriage
  • The amount of time that you or your spouse dedicated to raising children rather than pursuing a career or higher education
  • Where do I go from Here?

Winning spousal support is one of the most difficult aspects in the divorce process. If you are entitled to financial support and need an experienced spousal support attorney to aggressively fight for you, you need to contact the Fullerton spousal support attorneys at the Gonzalez Law Firm. Mr. Gonzalez is a highly respected lawyer who not only cares about you and your family but will do everything he can to make sure justice prevails. Your initial consultation is both private and free of charge.