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Frequently Asked Questions About Spousal Support in California

Santa Barbara lawyer Glenn L. Robertson offers the following questions and answers to assist your understanding of California family laws that apply to spousal and child support:

What can be done about late or missing child support payments?

A number of legal paths can be taken to enforce a child support order. They include the following:

  • Writ of Execution. The custodial parent can ask the court to seize and sell assets of the non-supporting spouse.
  • Wage Assignment Order. The court can order the employer of the supporting spouse to pay child support amounts directly from the pay of the supporting spouse.
  • Child Support Security Account. The court can order a supporting spouse to place 12 months of support in an interest-bearing account that can be used in the event of non-payment of support.

How long does the obligation to pay child support last in California?

According to California family law, child support is generally paid until a child graduates from high school or reaches the age of 19, whichever comes first.

When is alimony awarded?

In California, alimony is called spousal support and it can be awarded when a court finds it just and reasonable to do so.

What factors does a court take into consideration when awarding spousal support?

Generally, a court considers the following in making a determination of whether or not to award spousal support:

  • Standard of living maintained during the marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • Needs of each spouse
  • Financial resources and liabilities of each spouse
  • Impact on the children if the caregiver parent must work
  • Contributions by each spouse to the education and career-building of the other spouse and in homemaking
  • Tax consequences
  • All sources of income available to each spouse

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Are you seeking family attorneys in Santa Barbara? The legal team at Glenn L. Robertson, Attorney at Law is ready to assist you in navigating confidently through all aspects of your divorce in California. The firm can provide you with the personalized and compassionate legal advice that you need during these difficult times. Contact Glenn L. Robertson, Attorney at Law today to speak to an experienced attorney who understands the complexities of California divorce laws and who can explain your options to you in plain English.


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