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Skilled Spousal Support Attorneys in Los Angeles, California

At the Harris Family Law Group, our experienced spousal support lawyers in Los Angeles know that while California recognizes alimony as a financial support option, which can be awarded to one spouse during and after a divorce as temporary, rehabilitative, and permanent spousal support, it is not mandatory for all.

While each person and their financial support needs are unique during and after a divorce, when there is a significant variance in income between the two, the California spousal support law allows the lesser earning spouse to pursue financial recovery in the form of monthly alimony payments.

Our Los Angeles County spousal support attorneys focus on building unique family law strategies for each of our California clients that allow them to continue their standard of living after a divorce and will provide the legal representation they need to pursue a successful amount and lengthy duration of its payments.

With the help of our accomplished Los Angeles spousal support attorney, our law firm can help you receive the financial assistance you need from your former spouse, so you can continue to live the life you have grown accustomed to even after your marriage has ended.

What Factors Determine Spousal Support Awards in California?

When couples decide to divorce, many physical and emotional factors disrupt their quality of life, even when they both agree that the best way to move forward is to separate.

Besides the significant physical and emotional distress that comes with ending a marriage, the financial repercussions are typically the next concern each of our clients has, as they too are life-changing.

At the Harris Family Law Group, our skilled spousal support attorneys in Los Angeles design legal strategies that help ensure our clients are not left in a vulnerable financial position by petitioning the court for their complete financial recovery.

No matter your gender, age, or what type of marriage you had, the spouse who has significantly less earning potential than the other is entitled to spousal support payments, and the duration and amount of those payments will vary based on several factors that we will outline for the court.

Those factors may include, but are not limited to:

  • Length of marriage
  • The health of both spouses
  • Adapted living standards
  • Financial make-up of each spouse, including assets and debts
  • Current income of each spouse
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity
  • Education levels of both spouses
  • Contributions made toward the supporting party’s education and success
  • Marketable skills of the spouse seeking support
  • Unemployment decisions to care for the children and the home
  • Retirement benefits
  • Tax consequences of the award value

Our spousal support attorneys in Los Angeles, CA will investigate each of these areas thoroughly while ensuring that all the financial resources of the other party are made available for payment consideration.

How Are the Tax Implications for Both the Spousal Support Payer & Recipient in California?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which took effect on January 1, 2019, significantly changed the way spousal support is taxed by the government — both in California and nationwide.

This law affects all divorces from that date and going forward and states the payer can no longer take the spousal support deduction on their taxes, and that the recipient will no longer have to count the payments as income.

How Can I Pursue the Best Spousal Support Outcome During a California Divorce?

Our Los Angeles spousal support attorney at the Harris Family Law Group will fully explain your legal rights and options to pursue the best financial outcome for your complete divorce including monthly support options that are available for your unique case beginning with a free consultation.

Time is of the essence when pursuing alimony after the dissolution of your marriage, as you may be eligible to receive temporary spousal support while we finalize the details of your divorce inside or outside the courtroom.

Temporary spousal support provides the financial allowance you need to get through this tough time, even before the courts have decided on the final terms of your marriage dissolution.

Next, we will focus on both your short-term and long-term financial support needs, which will be based on both your living standards and the financial standing of the other party, and how long you need the financial support, which could be for a lifetime.

The Harris Family Law Group wants to help you maintain your current lifestyle and keep you in the financial comfort you have grown accustomed to during your marriage.

Our California family law firm also focuses on the following practice areas, which allows us to combine our client’s legal needs or provide singular solutions for their unique requirements, including:

The Harris Family Law Group believes everyone is entitled to affordable, top-notch family law representation, and appreciates the opportunity to partner with our clients, no matter their legal needs. That is why we charge flat rate legal fees, so you will never have to worry about the number of billable hours we spend on your case.

Call us today to learn more about our Los Angeles divorce attorney, and how we design customized legal strategies for each of our clients, so you can begin planning your future with confidence today.

Contact Our Los Angeles Spousal Support Attorneys for a Free Case Assessment Today

If you are considering divorce in California and are unsure of what that may mean to both your short- and long-term fiscal health, contact our experienced Los Angeles spousal support attorney to learn more about the financial support options you may be entitled to now and going forward by calling 310-745-8644 to help you start anew with confidence.