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Are divorced parties ever awarded alimony by California courts?

Alimony is the payment of money from one former spouse to the other after a divorce. Also known as spousal support, alimony can provide an individual with financial support that can enable them to get their post-divorce life on track. Depending upon a number of factors, the amount and duration of alimony payments that a person will receive can vary greatly.

When a California court assesses whether a person's alimony request should be honored it will evaluate the duration of the couple's marriage. Although other factors weigh into whether an alimony award will be made, individuals who end short marriages are often less likely to be awarded alimony after their divorces than individuals who end long marriages. In addition to the length of a couple's marriage, a court will consider the standard of living that the couple enjoyed during their legal union, the capacity of each of the parties to earn a living and the age and health of the parties.

Alimony in California can be paid out in a number of different ways. A lump-sum alimony payment is made once and encompasses the totality of the money one spouse is obligated to provide to the other. Alimony can also be made permanently, meaning only the death or remarriage of the recipient spouse will terminate the ongoing obligation. Rehabilitative alimony, reimbursement alimony and temporary alimony are also options for litigants in California courts.

An award of alimony can be an important part of ending a California marriage for an individual. Many people need financial help from their former partners to provide for their needs after their relationships have ended. Readers who believe that their interests would be served through the attainment of an award of alimony from their divorce courts are asked to discuss their needs and concerns with their family law attorney.

Source: FindLaw, "California Spousal Support or Alimony Law," Accessed Oct. 25, 2017

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