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How to Enforce Spousal Support in California

When your ex refuses to pay spousal support, is late on payments, or doesn’t give you the full amount, this can be understandably frustrating. Especially since the entire point of spousal support is to help a homemaker become economically independent after a divorce. Without this reliable, financial assistance, getting back on your feet becomes much more difficult.  If a judge …

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Can Spousal Support be Garnished?

As everyone with children knows, raising kids is a full-time job. Because it requires so much mental and physical energy, it’s not uncommon for one spouse to temporarily set aside career aspirations, and devote all his or her available attention to homemaking tasks. While this can be a great solution for some families, the downside is that the employability of …

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How Infidelity Affects Alimony in California

Most people are probably already familiar with the term, but to kick things off right, let’s start with the legal definition of adultery, which is: any consenting sexual relationship where at least one of the parties is married to someone else.  Historically, punishments for this behavior were swift and harsh, ranging anywhere from torture to mutilation, and in some cases, …

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7 Divorce Tips for Moms

If you’re a mother who’s considering divorce, you’re facing some unique challenges. Check out these divorce tips for moms to find out what lies ahead – and prepare yourself for a successful outcome. 7 Divorce Tips for Moms Check out these seven divorce tips for moms, and then read on to get answers to some of our most commonly asked …

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Spousal Support in California: Long-Term Marriages

Spousal support in California after a long-term marriage is different from spousal support after a short-term marriage. The courts have a lot of leeway in determining the amount and duration of support, but California Family Code outlines specific guidelines when a marriage is long-term. So how does spousal support in California work after a long-term marriage? Spousal Support in California: …

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Do Prenups Work?

Do prenups work? For most people, they do – but there are certain things that can make a prenuptial agreement unenforceable when you go to court. The language in a prenup has to be crystal-clear; otherwise, either party can argue it in court. Here are the basics about how – and why – prenups work, as well as what makes …

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What is Considered Income for Spousal Support?

If you’re like many people going through a divorce in California, you need to know what is considered income for spousal support. That’s true whether you’re likely to have to pay spousal support (commonly called alimony) or whether you’re likely to receive it. Usually, the court awards alimony to the lower-earning spouse. It’s a way to level the playing field …

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If I Get Remarried, Do I Still Have to Pay Alimony?

“If I get remarried, do I still have to pay alimony?” This is a pretty common question – and it’s one there’s a definite answer to. Yes, you still have to pay alimony to your former spouse if you get remarried. Here’s a closer look at what alimony is, why you pay it, and when you can stop paying it. …

Spousal Support Payments Are No-Longer Tax Deductible if You Divorce After January 1, 2019

Spousal Support Payments Are No-Longer Tax Deductible if You Divorce After January 1, 2019 Divorce can be complicated, particularly where there are children involved. However, even cases involving significant amounts of spousal support are highly contentious. Prior to the 2019 change, The IRS provided a useful negotiation tool, making spousal support tax-deductible to the paying spouse; this will all end …

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What is Temporary Spousal Support in California?

If you’re like most people, you’ve heard of spousal support – but what is temporary spousal support in California? Is it something you may have to pay or something that you’ll receive? Here’s what you need to know about temporary spousal support. (Learn more about the differences between temporary and permanent spousal support here.) What is Temporary Spousal Support in …