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Is there a spousal support formula in California?

How is spousal support calculated in California divorces? Is it just a matter of plugging numbers into a formula? The answer, like many things about alimony in California, is somewhat complicated.

For one, it depends on whether you are talking about temporary or final spousal support orders.

Temporary alimony orders cover support payments to be made during the divorce process. In many places here in California, formulas are typically used in calculating this type of support. It is important to note though that how exactly this type of alimony is calculated, and what type of formula is used, varies from county to county.

Things are very different when it comes to final spousal support orders that are aimed at establishing what long-term alimony will be in place after the divorce. For these orders, there is no preset formula used by the state’s courts. Rather, judges are to consider a range of factors when making decisions regarding long-term alimony. These factors cover all sorts of things regarding the finances, characteristics and relationship history of the divorcing couple.

So, when it comes to spousal support a lot of different things could end up affecting the final calculation. This can bring in an added level of complexity when it comes to alimony negotiations and proceedings.

There are a couple different ways alimony issues could ultimately be resolved in a divorce. One is through the divorcing spouses negotiating an agreement. The other is through having a court decide on the matter. Whichever route is taken, having experienced legal guidance on spousal support issues can be very important for divorcing individuals here in California. Such guidance can help with navigating the complexities that can come up with such issues.

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