Divorce can present your family with many novel questions and considerations. One topic on many divorcing couples’ minds is the discussion of alimony or spousal support.
You do have options regarding spousal support that also apply more broadly to your approach to divorce. There is no right option, just a matter of what works best for both parties.
Mediation and agreements
Some California couples choose divorce mediation because it allows for more autonomy for everyone. Both parties have a say in the terms of their divorce.
If both of you can agree on spousal support terms in both monetary amounts and duration, your agreement can be approved by a California court.
Traditional divorce settlements
It is also understandable that when considering divorce, mediation is not for everyone. Many divorces are settled through out-of-court negotiation, while others must be decided by judges.
California family law judges make decisions regarding spousal support length using factors, like marriage duration, income levels and unique relationship issues, like health matters and abuse. Their rulings are unique to each relationship’s terms, and there is no defined calculator for spousal support, unlike child support payments.
Judges can also order spousal support to end after changes in life and finances, for instance, alimony may end after the spouse who receives support remarries or reaches a certain financial milestone.
If you need assistance, help is available
Mediation can offer you greater flexibility and autonomy in the final settlement, but litigation can help resolve highly complex or contentious cases.
Your family situation is unique and so too will be your divorce. Regardless of the path you choose in divorce, a family law attorney can be an asset in helping you whether you choose mediation or litigation.