If you are
considering filing for divorce in California, you may be concerned about whether you will
have the ability to continue the lifestyle to which you have become accustomed or how you
will meet financial obligations with reduced income. You may feel that even though you
were not the primary wage earner in the relationship, you were nevertheless essential to
the financial health of your marriage. In stretching limited income to meet the needs of
two households, couples face a challenge to structure a support arrangement that allows
both of you to meet your needs.
The amount and duration of spousal support (which many
people still refer to as "alimony" or "maintenance") in California are
based on a variety of factors. These factors include each of your ages and health, your
incomes, your prior work experience, the length of your marriage and many other
Also, spousal support may be modifiable under certain
circumstances. Parties often return to court after a support order has been entered to
secure additional support or to reduce a support obligation. If they have reached
agreement through Mediation, couples may also avoid going to
court in the future by returning to Mediation to discuss whether support should be
modified in light of changed circumstances.
Although the goal is to allow each party to continue to
enjoy the lifestyle he or she had during the marriage, California law requires that the
parties contribute to their own support within a reasonable period of time after the
marriage ends. This length of time will vary based on the length of the marriage.
Judith Nesburns goal is to guide you through the
process and educate you about your spousal support rights or obligations. You are not
limited by the letter of the law and can work with your spouse or ex-spouse in the Mediation or Collaborative
Law formats to structure a spousal support agreement which will work best for each of you.
At the Law and Mediation Offices of Judith C. Nesburn,
located in Los Angeles, the focus is on alternative means of dispute resolution in all
divorce and family law matters, including disputes involving temporary or permanent
spousal support. Please contact Judith to schedule
a confidential meeting to learn how you can resolve your family law matters with
sensitivity, dignity and mutual respect.
|Attorney Judith C. Nesburn has been practicing law since
1986, representing men and women throughout the Greater Los Angeles area in divorce and
family law disputes. Her prior years of valuable experience as a Licensed Clinical Social
Worker uniquely qualifies her as an effective advocate and compassionate ally for her
family law clients. Please contact Judith to learn
how you can use Mediation or the Collaborative Law approach to resolve your spousal