When is Spousal Support or Alimony Awarded Pursuant to Divorce in California?
Spousal support, or alimony, is not automatically granted to either party in a
Judges base their decisions on a review of 14 statutory factors contained in California Family Code sections 4320. The factors include the extent to which the parties’ earning capacities are sufficient to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage, contributions each spouse made to the other’s education or training, the supporting spouse’s ability to pay, the duration of the marriage, the effect the custodial spouse having to work would have on the children of the marriage, and the age and health of the parties, among other considerations.
Any spousal support order made in
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