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Will I get alimony in a California divorce?

On Behalf of | May 17, 2024 | Divorce

When facing a divorce in California, many individuals wonder about their financial future, particularly regarding alimony, also known as spousal support. When you are awarded alimony, it means the court has ordered your spouse to pay a certain amount of money to you.  

Whether or not you will receive alimony in a California divorce depends on various factors, which include the following. 

Types of alimony

California recognizes several types of alimony:

  • Temporary alimony: This support provides financial stability for the spouse who earns less money and is paid to them during the divorce process. 
  • Rehabilitative alimony: Granted to allow the receiving spouse time to gain the education or training necessary to become self-sufficient.
  • Permanent alimony: This is less common and is usually awarded in long-term marriages where the receiving spouse is unlikely to become self-supporting.

The type of alimony you are awarded depends on your situation. 

Factors considered by the court

California courts consider several factors when determining alimony eligibility and amounts:

  • Duration of the marriage: Longer marriages typically result in longer or more significant alimony awards.
  • Standard of living: The court aims to maintain the standard of living enjoyed by both parties during the marriage.
  • needs and obligations: The court assesses each spouse’s financial needs and obligations, including income, expenses, and debts.
  • Earning capacity and job skills: The court evaluates each spouse’s ability to earn an income, considering their education, job skills, and work history.
  • Age and health: The court’s decision on alimony can be impacted by both spouses’ physical and emotional condition.

Receiving alimony in a California divorce is not guaranteed. The court carefully evaluates numerous factors to ensure a fair outcome for both parties.