Alimony can be a sore subject for many California residents. Alimony is the payment from one former spouse to the other following a divorce. These payments are meant to allow an ex-spouse to continue to receive financial support following a divorce. It's often awarded when one spouse has sacrificed a career to raise children or take care of the family home. However, it can be awarded in other situations as well.
Divorce can be stressful for any couple, however the process can be even more complicated for those with a large number of assets. In these cases, there can be concerns about how best to split the couple's wealth so that each person can move on to a new life.
Following a divorce, California family law courts want to ensure that children receive financial support from both of their parents, even if they don't live with both of their parents 100 percent of the time. Raising a child is expensive, and child support helps to make sure that children are properly taken care of even if their parents aren't married.
For a spouse without employer-sponsored health care coverage, the prospect of divorce can be intimidating. Specifically, having to independently fund health insurance can drain financial resources and perhaps necessitate a spousal support award.