How Can I Determine if I Have to Pay Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also called “alimony”, is still something that judges can order during divorce cases. There are many different factors that go into the amount of the payments and how long they must be paid. But there are some common indicators that could mean you’ll have to pay at least some spousal support. If you’re looking for a San Luis Obispo spousal support attorney to help you reduce the amount of alimony you pay or to potentially avoid it altogether, give us a call here at Hosford & Hosford.

Will You Have to Pay Spousal Support?

Here are some of the things the court will likely take into account when determining if, how much, and how long you’ll pay for spousal support.

  • How long were you married? Marriages that were less than 2 or 3 years often have a lower chance of resulting in spousal support.
  • How much money do you each have? The court will also take into account how much money each of you have independently. If your spouse has significant personal savings then you may not have to pay spousal support.
  • How much money can your spouse make? If your spouse can immediately go out and get a job then there could be a chance that you don’t have to pay for spousal support.

Getting a good San Luis Obispo spousal support attorney is a great way to help you be as successful as possible in your divorce. The family law attorneys at Hosford & Hosford can not only help you negotiate for lower spousal support, but we could also potentially help you avoid it. Call us today to talk with one of our lawyers or to schedule a consultation with us!