Support Issues in Divorce

There are two types of support to consider in a divorce – spousal support and child support.

Spousal support, commonly known as alimony, is designed to help “support” one spouse while he or she adjusts to life during, and/or after divorce.

If you have children, child support will also need to be addressed. The significant change in income and living expenses requires that you take a closer look at the resources available to care for your children.

Child Support

Every parent has a legal obligation to support their minor children.

If you have minor children during a divorce, you will need to address the issue of child support because of the significant change in income and expenses.

The courts in California use a specific formula to determine child support. The factors include the income of each parent, the amount of time each parent will spend with the children, the disposable income available, health care expenses, and more.

Spousal Support

Spousal support, also referred to as alimony, is money paid to a spouse to help support him or her financially.

Spousal support can be temporary (before the divorce is granted), or permanent (after the divorce is granted).

Some of the factors that will impact spousal support include how long the parties were married, the earning capacity of each party, the contribution of each party during the marriage, the standard of living during the marriage, and many more factors.