Alimony, or spousal support, refers to regular payments made from one spouse to the other, according to the terms of a divorce decree. A skilled divorce lawyer will petition for your support, taking into account the net worth, child custody, physical and mental health conditions, property ownership, any debts owed, level of education, and other factors applying to the two spouses.
Alimony may also be established in an amicable separation agreement, or defined in a prenup. In these cases, the spousal support is contractually binding, and, while enforceable by law, is handled differently from a court-ordered divorce decree. It's important to consult with an alimony lawyer to understand the subtle differences between these scenarios, and how they impact your recourse for revising the alimony terms or seeking enforcement if the agreement has been ignored.
Alimony can be ordered by the court before, or after, a divorce is finalized. Even while you are still working with a divorce attorney to achieve a final divorce in court, it may be possible to argue for a temporary order for alimony, depending on your circumstances. Also, because alimony extends into the future, past the conclusion of your divorce, a family lawyer should be also consulted whenever it becomes appropriate to modify the terms of alimony, as there may well be legal processes and ramifications that should be considered in order for it to be handled correctly.
Contact our alimony and spousal support attorneys in Bakersfield, CA, at (661) 323-7017 to review your alimony needs.