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How can I protect myself from paying too much in alimony?

You may feel unhappy with the idea of making monthly payments to your ex, but spousal support is an important part of California family law. Spousal support -- also called alimony -- ensures the stability of a spouse who earned less during the marriage until such a time as they are able to create their own financial security. While it is essential that individuals who receive alimony get the right support, it is also necessary to protect the payer's financial well-being. 

California has two separate stages of spousal support. The first is called temporary spousal support and occurs after you separate but before your divorce is finalized. For this stage, courts consider both you and your ex's income, your future earning capacities and more. 

Post-divorce spousal support comes into play once you finalize your divorce. Instead of following the formula used for temporary support, the court will utilize the Family Code. The Family Code includes many more factors that will be used to create the best possible support solution for both parties. Frequent factors taken into consideration include but are not limited to: 

  • Length of your marriage 
  • Your standard of living during the marriage 
  • Current income and future earning capacity 
  • Age and health 
  • Assets, property and debt 

Your rights and financial security are just as important as your ex's. If you are worried that you will be ordered to pay more in monthly alimony payments than you can feasibly handle, consider seeking the guidance of an attorney who is familiar with California family law. An advocate on your side can help make sure that your interests are protected. 

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