Working Toward A Fair Financial Resolution
While it is vital that the parties to the divorce reach a fair division of assets, allocating property is just one financial consideration of divorce. Depending on the circumstances of the parties involved, child support may be the largest economic factor for the parties post-divorce. And in some cases, spousal support, or alimony, may be an option.
The financial considerations can be daunting. At Simon Law, located in Walnut Creek, California, our lawyers can help you understand your rights and financial options in child support and spousal support matters.
In California, courts generally award child support payments according to guidelines. The amount you pay in child support will depend on who the children live with, what percentage of the time they live with either parent, and how much you and your ex make per month.
While establishing child support payments are fairly straightforward under California law, complications can arise. For example, you may be wondering about your options if unpaid child support is an issue. There can also be disputes regarding income.
At Simon Law, we can walk you through your options regarding child support. We will clearly explain how your parenting plan may affect your child support payments. And we can inform you of your legal options and rights regarding unpaid child support.
Spousal support, which is also widely known as alimony, is separate from child support. Child support is intended to be for the benefit of the children. Spousal support is intended to allow an ex-spouse with limited resources and earning potential the ability to maintain a similar financial standing post-divorce as he or she enjoyed during the marriage.
Spousal support can be either temporary, pendente lite (during litigation) or permanent. The court will consider a variety of factors when determining if, and how much, spousal support should be awarded. Because the financial consequences of spousal support are significant, it is vital you obtain representation by an experienced lawyer to understand your rights and options.
Life continues to change after your final divorce decree. In some cases, circumstances change enough that a child support or spousal support order no longer reflects your circumstances. When a significant change occurs, you may petition the court for a child support modification or spousal support modification. Such life changes could include:
- Being involuntarily terminated from a job without cause
- Significant health concerns for you or your children
To discuss whether a modification may be appropriate for you, contact Simon Law. David Simon, our founder, is an experienced family law attorney who is a compassionate and knowledgeable advocate ready to help you. Call (415) 523-7847 to schedule your initial consultation, or reach us confidentially online.