The court may order spousal support payments in domestic violence, divorce, or legal separation cases. There are various factors that are considered including the earning capacity of both partners, the marketable job skills of the person requesting support, and the length of the legal relationship of the partners. Relationships that ended in less than 10 years may qualify one party to receive financial support for one-half the length of the relationship. Longer term relationships may result in a permanent order for support being put into place.
Generally, spousal support payments will last until the recipient dies, enters into a new marriage, or when the court has ordered a specific end date. Spousal support is generally vehemently opposed by the paying person; however, they cannot violate a court order for payments without being held in contempt of court.
Whether you have filed a restraining order, have been legally separated, or are filing for divorce, I can help you present a case for spousal support – contact my office immediately. FLAG PC represents clients across Contra Costa County and Alameda County.