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Spousal Support or Alimony in Divorce Cases

Divorces often leave spouses in a compromised situation, especially if the spouse was not working throughout the course of the marriage. Without much experience in the workplace it is very difficult for an individual to find gainful employment that would generate the income necessary to support the standard of living that individual was used to during marriage.

In order to ease the transition from a divorce, a spouse may seek out spousal support, also known as alimony. If you are going through a divorce in Ventura or anywhere in Ventura County and you have legal issues regarding spousal support, it is very important to speak to a Ventura alimony attorney at Negley Law, APC. Our goal is to make sure your family's future is protected.

Call our office today at (805) 464-7315 and request your free consultation.

Factors That Determine Spousal Support

There are a number of factors that the court considers when determining the amount of spousal support an individual will have to pay.

These factors include:

  • The respective earning capacity of each individual
  • The marketable skills of the supported party and the market for these skills
  • The time it would take to learn marketable skills and the expenses associated with learning
  • The length of time the supported party was out of work due to the marriage
  • The length of the marriage (if it exceeded 10 years)
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The assets and debts of both parties
  • The hardships faced by each party

How to Modify Your Spousal Support Order

In some cases, the original terms of a spousal support agreement may not accurately reflect the financial realities of all parties involved. When the original terms of your support agreement no longer reflect you or your former spouse's living situation, it is time to seek out a spousal support modification. The legal processes behind modification can be exceedingly complicated without the proper legal representation.

If you are considering the modification of your spousal support agreement, you should hire an attorney without hesitation. A knowledgeable lawyer will greatly increase your chances of successfully modifying your support agreement.

Reasons to Modify

When it comes to spousal support, the two main issues that usually arise are the length and amount of the support to be paid. Courts generally do not award "lifetime support" in most situations. The duration of support is usually determined based on the length of the marriage. Though the duration of a spousal support agreement falls under the discretion of the court, as a general rule the duration of support is about one half the length of the marriage.

In marriages of long duration, courts may award the spouse more years of support. Sometimes the length of time originally determined may not be enough. Many factors and significant life changes could necessitate the modification of a spousal support agreement. No matter what your reasons for modification may be, it is essential that you seek out a divorce attorney to help you modify your agreement.

Get in Touch with Our Divorce Firm

When facing divorce, it is absolutely essential to have a Ventura spousal support attorney by your side that has a solid understanding of the laws and circumstances governing spousal support. At Negley Law, APC, our firm focuses exclusively on divorce law. Our in-depth knowledge of divorce law and the laws pertaining to spousal support gives us an advantage over other firms who try to take on too many areas of the law at once.

We also only handle cases in Ventura County; we are familiar with the court system and personnel in the area and our professional legal counsel can be of great benefit in any legal issue involving spousal support.

Contact a Ventura spousal support lawyer if you would like legal assistance in negotiating the amount of spousal support or alimony in a divorce.

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