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How Is Spousal Support Determined?

Unlike child support, there is no set schedule or formula for spousal support levels in California. Also known as alimony or spousal maintenance, the amount of spousal support required (if any) depends on numerous factors, including:

  • The income of each spouse
  • Previous standard of living
  • The relative earning capacity of each spouse
  • Length of the marriage

A skilled alimony lawyer, through persuasive motions and arguments, can make a difference in the amount of spousal support awarded by the court. At The Law Office of Martha J. Olson & Associates, our lawyers have extensive experience in establishing levels of alimony during divorce and in obtaining modifications to spousal support levels, when changes in circumstances occur after the divorce is final.

Spousal Support Can Change Over Time

While the final divorce settlement outlines the initial amount of monthly spousal support, this does not mean that spousal support levels cannot change. As with child support, when major changes such as a promotion, the loss of a job, or the remarriage of a former dependent spouse take place — the change in circumstances can require modifications.

Whatever your situation, our attorneys can provide a thorough legal analysis and advise you whether your spousal support is set too high or too low. As part of this process, we work with accountants and use sophisticated software programs to analyze and establish accurate amounts of income for each spouse or domestic partner. If action is required, we will immediately begin working to obtain a modification of your spousal support terms.

We Can Get Results. Call The Law Office Of Martha J. Olson & Associates

To talk with an alimony lawyer in San Jose, call our firm at 408-703-1124 to schedule a free half hour initial consultation. You may also contact us regarding spousal support in Santa Clara County through our online form.