What is Temporary Spousal Support?

Spouses arguing over moneyIf you’re in the process of going through a divorce, then you may have heard the term “temporary spousal support.” San Luis Obispo clients are often, understandably, curious and possibly anxious about what exactly this is and how it is different from alimony.

Whether you’re just starting the process of divorce or if you’ve already begun, make sure that you call Hosford & Hosford for representation. We have over 35 years of experience practicing family law throughout the San Luis Obispo and Central Coast areas. We’ve worked with hundreds of clients in your exact situation, and we always fight passionately for our clients and work hard to get you the absolute best outcome. Give us a call today at (805)-439-1906.

The first step after you call us is to set up a convenient time for you to come into our offices and meet with us. We’ll discuss the unique aspects of your case and learn more about what your goals are. From there, we can develop a detailed strategy to make sure that you get the outcome you want for your spousal support. San Luis Obispo clients have learned that we are some of the hardest working attorneys in all of California, so please call us, and we can begin to help you.

What is Temporary Spousal Support?

San Luis Obispo clients who are about to begin filing for divorce or who have already started the process may be required by a judge to financially support the other spouse during the proceedings. This type of temporary financial support is referred to as temporary spousal support or spousal maintenance payments. Sometimes, temporary spousal support is required even before filing for divorce. One factor that needs to be met is for the couple to be separated physically.

Now, some divorces are settled, which means you won’t have to pay the temporary support for very long. One important thing to note is that even if you are required to pay temporary spousal support, that doesn’t mean you’ll also have to pay permanent alimony after the divorce is finalized.

What Factors Does a Judge Consider for Temporary Spousal Support?

San Luis Obispo clients who are going through a divorce will be asked to provide a variety of information before the judge can determine exactly if and how much spousal support is required.

  • How long were you married – The judge will look at how long you and your former spouse were married and use that information to help make a determination.
  • Overall health – Your age, health, and lifestyle–as well as that of your spouse–will also be important for the judge to consider.
  • Education – The amount of education you and your spouse have, along with how much you’ve contributed financially to that education, are both elements the judge will look at.
  • Capacity for income – Finally, the judge will also look at your and your spouse’s ability to support yourselves.

Spousal support, divorce, and even child custody are all incredibly complex issues when it comes to the law here in California. It’s almost always best to work with a family lawyer, and here in San Luis Obispo, you’d be hard-pressed to find a finer team that the one at Hosford & Hosford. With over 3 decades of experience and hundreds of successful cases under our belt, we would be honored to fight for you and work our absolute hardest to get you the results you want. Call us today at (805)-439-1906.