A Brief Rundown of Spousal Support

divorce attorneysSpousal support, also known as alimony, is often an important component of divorce proceedings, and describes the legal obligation of an individual to continue providing financial support to their spouse after a divorce and other separation proceedings. The specifics of whether spousal support is granted or not, and how it is to be implemented can vary significantly on a case-by-cases basis.

This is why we implore you to consult with a family law or divorce attorney when dealing with these types of matters. For now, here are some guidelines regarding spousal support and alimony to keep in mind, both during and after your divorce proceedings.

Temporary Support

Divorce proceedings can be lengthy affairs, and spouses who require spousal support during this time may have temporary support granted by the courts. The primary thing to keep in mind, regardless of which side of the equation you fall on, is to ensure that you get a written agreement on temporary support as early as possible.

As the name implies, temporary support only applies during the divorce and separation proceedings. During this time, a judge determines whether a spouse qualifies for continued support past this pre-determined period.

Long-Term and Short-Term Support

Continued support can fall into two categories: long-term support and short-term support. Long-term support, also known as permanent support, is designed to provide assistance to spouses who may not be able to return to work. On the other hand, short-term support is designed to provide assistance until a spouse is able to support themselves. In general, the longer the duration of a marriage, the more likely it is for a spouse to be granted long-term support.

If you need assistance with any spousal support or divorce issue, do not hesitate to call the family law and divorce attorneys at Rubin & Levavi, P.C. Call us at (415) 564-2776 to schedule an initial consultation today.