In California, spousal support or alimony is determined at the discretion of the judge. Its purpose is to provide the spouse having the least income a way to meet his or her living expenses. The spouse with the greater income is ordered to pay the other spouse, usually on a monthly basis.
Spousal support and child support are determined in different ways:
The judge takes into account several factors when determining the amount of spousal support that must be paid, including:
California (along with the states of Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Oklahoma, New York, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and West Virginia) has changed the law so that once the recipient of the alimony is shown to remarry or live with another person, the amount of the alimony may be modified or it may be discontinued.
Generally, the types of alimony include:
The law defines child support as ongoing provision of money needed to cover a child’s medical and living expenses. The court can order either or both parents to pay child support.
California law has established guidelines to determine the amount of child support that must be paid. These are based on each parent’s monthly income and the amount of time each parent cares for the child. The amount of child support that must be paid is determined by the court commissioner or family law judge, based on considering income from all sources. Such income can be money, property, or services.
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