Determination of spousal support is dependent on many factors that have been set out by Family Code §4320. The factors, considered in total, allow the judge to make a determination of what would be fair in light of these factors, as well as the relative income of each party.
Especially in long term marriages, it is important to go into detail regarding each factor, so as to give a “snapshot” in time of how the parties were living at the time of the divorce. For example, if the parties survived on a poverty level income during the marriage, and then after the divorce a spouse wins the lotto, the other spouse could only claim spousal support to the level of their standard of living while married. Unlike child support, there is no “guideline” support, although attorneys often use programs to determine the approximate amount.
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