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Understanding Alimony in California
Alimony is one of the most misunderstood parts of divorce. It is also one of the most difficult parts of divorce to negotiate or litigate. If you are facing a divorce, you need an experienced alimony attorney on your side. Kenneth U. Reyes, APC can help you understand your options and protect your rights throughout the divorce process.
Do I Need an Alimony Lawyer?
While alimony is a part of divorce, it is a complicated and often contentious part of divorce. The law is specific and technical. The facts of each case are unique. The decision-making process is very subjective. If you are facing divorce, you need an experienced alimony attorney on your side. An alimony attorney will help you understand your options and protect your rights throughout the divorce process.
Types of Alimony
There are two types of alimony: permanent and transitional. The type you receive depends on your circumstances and your needs:
Permanent alimony is paid by one spouse to the other after a divorce. Permanent alimony is paid to the dependent spouse, meaning the spouse who is financially dependent on the other spouse. The court will generally award permanent alimony when the dependent spouse needs financial support to maintain the marital standard of living and when the other spouse has the ability to pay alimony.
Transitional alimony is paid by one spouse to the other for a finite period of time. Unlike permanent alimony, transitional alimony is not paid to maintain the marital standard of living. Instead, transitional alimony is paid to help the dependent spouse transition from the marital lifestyle to a lifestyle that matches the dependent spouse's new financial circumstances.
According to California law, alimony can be modified if there is a material change in circumstances. A material change could be a decrease in the payor's income or an increase in the recipient's income. Other changes, such as a move, may also constitute a material change in circumstances. An alimony modification attorney can assist you in modifying your alimony payments if there is a material change.
What Is Temporary Alimony?
California law recognizes temporary alimony, also known as pendente lite alimony. Pendente lite means "pending the lawsuit." Temporary alimony is awarded by the court to support the dependent spouse during the divorce process. Temporary alimony ends when the divorce is final.
Contact an Alimony Attorney
An experienced alimony attorney can assist you in understanding your options and protecting your rights throughout the divorce process. Whether you are the payor or the recipient of alimony, an alimony attorney can help you understand your rights and options. Our family law attorney can also assist you in filing for alimony and negotiating the terms of your alimony agreement. Contact an alimony lawyer at the Law Offices of Kenneth U. Reyes, APC for experienced legal guidance.
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