Santa Rosa Spousal Support Lawyer
Santa Rosa - Petaluma - Ukiah - Lakeport
Petaluma Spousal Support (Alimony) Attorneys
One of the many difficult subjects to address in a divorce
case is the issue of spousal support, or alimony. Often times alimony will end up creating a long lasting financial relationship between you and your spouse, a debtor/creditor relationship if you will until such time that obligation for alimony comes to an end. Depending on the financial ability of a spouse to pay alimony and the established need for it by their spouse, several types of alimony could be deemed appropriate by the court. During the divorce case itself, it is possible that temporary alimony may be ordered. If a spouse needs to be retrained and/or educated in order to become self-sufficient, rehabilitative alimony may be ordered by the court. There could be a bridge-the-gap, permanent support and lump sum support payment ordered, or some combination of these types of alimony. More than likely, a detailed and exacting investigation must be made to identify a spouse's income and assets and establish the marital standard of living as well as other complex issues. If you need assistance in calculating a fair and acceptable amount of alimony, contact
the Santa Rosa spousal support attorneys of Beck Law P.C.
If you have been married for ten years or longer, there is the possibility that permanent support may be ordered by the court. This support could continue until the death of the supported spouse or such time as they remarry. Since spousal support is considered to be income, it must be reported when filing federal income tax returns. At the same time, the spouse paying support may deduct the payments on their federal income tax returns. There are of course circumstances under which a spousal support order can be modified. This typically happens when there is an increase or decrease in either party's income as a result of job loss, job change or of course, remarriage. At Beck Law P.C., our Santa Rosa family law lawyers offer honest and aggressive advocacy for clients seeking financial support from their spouses or ex-spouses and defend spouses who are ordered to pay support to ensure that the amount is fair and appropriate.