Welcome to the Law Offices of John A. Balent. Brea Family Law Lawyer John Balenthas been successfully representing clients in Spousal Support (Alimony) disputes since 1976. A highly skilled and effective Family Law Attorney & Spousal Support Lawyer, John A. Balent works diligently to ensure that his clients obtain the most favorable outcome possible, and fights to preserve and protect the rights of his clients.
If you are filing for divorce and have questions or concerns regarding the issue of spousal support, please contact Brea Spousal Support Attorney John Balent at (714) 990-3255 to schedule a free in office consultation.
How Spousal Support (Alimony) is Calculated in Brea
Unlike child support, a request for spousal support (alimony) is not automatically awarded by the Family Law Court. Under California Law, the award of alimony is discretionary, and is based upon a wide variety of factors, including (but not limited to) the following:
The length of the marriage
Each party’s level of education, work experience and earning capacity
The financial needs and obligations of each party
The health of the parties
The ages of the parties
The lifestyle that the parties have grown accustomed to
The sources of income available to each
The extent to which either spouse contributed to the education and/or training of the other spouse.
If the couple has been married for a short time period (typically less than ten years), the Family Law Court may either decline to issue a spousal support order, or may enter an order requiring one spouse to pay alimony for a time period equal to or less than the duration of the marriage.
For long-term marriages, the Family Law Judge may enter a permanent spousal support judgment that will remain in place until the supported spouse dies or remarries.
Spousal support can be modified at any time if the party seeking modification is able to successfully demonstrate a material change in circumstances that would warrant adjusting the orders. A change in circumstances justifying a modification of alimony may include:
An increase or decrease in pay for the payor.
An increase or decrease in pay for the recipient.
The recipient becoming reasonably self-supporting.
A job loss.
If you have reason to believe that your alimony order should be modified, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Family Law Attorney as soon as possible. Most modifications are made retroactive to the date of filing, and as such the failure to take action in a timely manner could be costly.
Call Brea Alimony Lawyer & Spousal Support Attorney John Balent Today
If you are involved in a divorce or family law case and Spousal Support is an issue, contactBrea Spousal Support Lawyer John A. Balentat (714) 990-3255 to schedule a free confidential consultation with one of the area’s most highly respected Family Law Attorneys.