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California Alimony: How It’s Determined and What You May Be Eligible For

California Alimony: How It’s Determined and What You May Be Eligible For

There’s nothing fun about getting divorced. In addition to the likely complicated feelings, there are also a host of legal and financial things to deal with. At Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell, we know how unpleasant this process is. We know that most people simply want to get it over with as soon as possible. That’s why you can expect that we will provide you with effective, comprehensive, and efficient help. Read on to learn more about California alimony and then reach out to us at (909) 920-0908 for a free consultation.

The factors that affect how much alimony is given

There are many factors involved in deciding the amount of alimony, but the most important of those factors is what the financial situations are of both spouses when the divorce takes place. If one of them couldn’t possibly maintain their standard of living without help, and the other one is able to provide them with assistance, then alimony may be awarded.

Other factors that can affect alimony include how long you were married, the contributions both spouse made (this includes both financial and household / child care), the financial resources of each person, the age of health of both spouse, and the physical and emotional wellbeing of both parties. For more information about how much alimony you may be awarded, check out our alimony calculator or call us directly at (909) 920-0908.

There are several types of alimony

If you work with Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell, as soon as we begin the proceedings for your divorce, we’ll seek a temporary alimony order. As we work to seek permanent alimony, there are a number of types of alimony you may be eligible for:

  • Transitional alimony. This is almost always a one-time payment meant to give one spouse the money needed to buy a car, move, or do something else that would be necessary for them to become independent.
  • Lifetime alimony. If you and your spouse were married for a decade or more, then you may get monthly alimony until your spouse passes away or until you remarry.
  • Rehabilitative alimony. This is designed to give you the money required while you get more education, learn a new job skill, or otherwise improve your chances of being employed. This is generally awarded for a specific period of time.

If you have more questions about these types of alimony and which option is best for you, feel free to reach out to Law Offices of Torrence L. Howell at (909) 920-0908.

Do you need to hire an attorney?

If you and your spouse agree about alimony, then you may wonder why you need an attorney. First of all, remember that you once agreed to get married and yet in the long run that didn’t work out. The same is true of any alimony agreement you make – either one of you could change their minds at any point. This is why you need to work with an attorney who will not only make sure you get what you deserve, but that the agreement is ironclad. Contact us at (909) 920-0908 today for a free consultation.


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