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Alimony/Spousal Support

Spousal support, also known as alimony, can be an important factor in your divorce or the termination of your domestic partnership. At the Law Office of Susan J. Ralston, we represent men and women from Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln and elsewhere in Placer County and the Sacramento metro area in navigating the complexities of spousal support/alimony and other family law matters. Whether you may need spousal support to maintain financial stability or you are worried about unreasonable support demands, we provide the experienced representation you need to protect your rights and interests.

How Spousal Support Is Calculated in California

Unlike child support, spousal support is based on a variety of factors instead of an established formula. In general, the amount and duration of spousal support — and whether spousal support will be awarded — is based on:

  • The length of your marriage
  • The earnings or earning capacity of both individuals
  • The standard of living you maintained while together
  • Whether either individual requires additional education or training to update his or her job skills
  • Whether either parent gave up a career to take care of children, and whether returning to work or school will negatively impact the children's best interests
  • The age and health needs of each individual
  • Whether allegations of domestic violence are involved in your divorce or separation

Divorce causes significant financial strain. Attorney Susan J. Ralston will review support factors with you so that you can defend against excessive need claims as well as prove appropriate requests. She will help you form realistic expectations and prevent unnecessary hardship.

Modifying or Ending Spousal Support

Some spousal support determinations are designed to be temporary and will include a set end date. However, if you lose your job or your wages are garnished, you may be able to seek support payment modification based on your reduced income. Spousal support may also end if your former partner remarries. Ms. Ralston can help you determine your options for modifying or ending spousal support.

Contact Our Experienced Alimony Lawyer Serving the Sacramento Metro Area

We seek concrete solutions focused on your future. To discuss your alimony or spousal support concerns, contact our firm at 916-782-4747 today to schedule a consultation. We provide evening, weekend and off-site appointments if necessary.


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