California Alimony / Spousal Support

When a couple separates or divorces, the court may order one spouse to pay the other a certain amount of support money each month. This is called "spousal support."

In California, spousal support can be paid while a case is ongoing. This is called a "temporary spousal support order."

Factors Considered in the Award of California Alimony

The judge will take several things into consideration when deciding if spousal support should be ordered. Examples of some things the judge may consider are:

How California Spousal Support (alimony) is Calculated?

Many counties have formulas for calculating the amount of a temporary spousal or partner support order. Check the court's local rules for the temporary support guideline.

When calculating the duration and amount for the spousal support to be entered into the final judgment of divorce the judge must take into consideration the following factors found in California Family Code section 4320:

Modification of California Alimony

Either spouse can later ask the judge to change the support amount if the situation changes.

Termination of California Alimony

Spousal support usually end when any one of the following occur:


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