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Spousal Support Attorney in Santa Clarita

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There is virtually no part of the divorce process that is not filled with uncertainty and stress, but one of the singular aspects with the greatest potential to cause mayhem in a person’s life is that of finances. At the Law Offices of Mario Valencia, our Santa Clarita spousal support lawyer is committed to helping our clients understand their options and what they are eligible to receive based on a wide variety of factors.

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support (sometimes referred to as alimony) is when one spouse pays the other following a separation to help them maintain their quality of life. Spouses can seek out either, or both, temporary spousal support or permanent spousal support.

There are several factors which help to determine who is awarded spousal support, and in what amounts:

  • The health and age of both parties
  • The income of both parties
  • How long the marriage lasted
  • The training, education, and work experience of both parties
  • If one party put their career on hold in favor of child-rearing duties

Temporary vs. Permanent Spousal Support

Temporary spousal support’s main purpose is to help people get back on their feet during the tumultuous time between an initial separation and the final property division. The health care and child care costs, along with the income of each spouse, factor into the amount awarded, based on the results of a statutory formula. Permanent spousal support, on the other hand, does not follow a specific formula. This type of support is agreed to (or court ordered) in divorce proceedings and, despite its name, is not generally permanent. Instead, it is at the court’s discretion to order that one party pay spousal support for as long as it takes for the supported spouse to find self-sufficiency.

If you are looking for a Santa Clarita spousal support attorney to help you understand your options, call us today at (661) 338-6455. Our years of experience can be put to good use in your case!

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