How does “Lump Sum” Spousal Support Work in California?

divorce attorneysFor those going through divorce proceedings, the best thing to is to proactively equip oneself with the proper knowledge on issues such as alimony and spousal support. The number of factors that can go into determining spousal support in California are numerous, and each case plays out differently.

Today’s blog post looks at spousal support options, particularly those that fall under “lump sum” arrangements. Remember that this post should serve as a quick and general guide to a very complex topic. For more detailed advice, be sure to reach out to us directly at Rubin & Levavi P.C.

Defining “Lump Sum” Spousal Support

Spousal support can come in a variety of forms, and is established on either a short term or permanent basis. For permanent arrangements, these are recurring payments that can only be stopped or modified via court order. In contrast, a “lump sum” payment is a single, all-encompassing payment that is provided to an ex-spouse. Once the payment has been delivered, the other partner is essentially off the hook. The court, or a mediator in some cases, is in charge of determining which option makes the most sense, given the current situation and financial needs of both parties.

The court can also sometimes use “lump sum” to refer to reimbursement alimony. In California, reimbursement alimony is a payment made to an ex-spouse that is meant to cover expenses incurred by the other party during the marriage. For example, reimbursement alimony could be implemented in a situation where one spouse paid for the education of another.

Explore your Spousal Support Options with a Skilled California Divorce Attorney

Although this post should provide you with a starting place, the best way to explore your spousal support options is to consult with an experienced divorce attorney in California. As a team of trusted attorneys, we at Rubin & Levavi. P. C. have been helping clients navigate complex matters involving divorce, child custody, and any other issues relating to family law.

Want to learn more about how we can help? Call our office today to schedule a free initial consultation with a seasoned California divorce attorney.