Redlands Child & Spousal Support Lawyer
It’s Critical To Discuss Child & Spousal Support with an Experienced Redlands Attorney
Child support, spousal support and partner support issues can have a profound effect on both the person paying and the person receiving the support. That is why it is critical that you work with an experienced attorney to make sure that your interests are protected. At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, our child support and spousal support lawyers in Redlands work hard to protect you— making sure that you achieve the results you need and deserve.
For most people, one of their greatest concerns in a divorce is what will happen to the children. At Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, we focus on helping our clients through child custody and visitation matters.
In California, married persons have a right and an obligation to support each other during their marriage. Depending upon numerous factors taken into consideration by a court in a dissolution case, this obligation may extend beyond the marriage.
What is Spousal Support
Spousal support (often called alimony) is money ordered by the court to be paid each month. When you are divorcing and you are worried about financial support, our attorneys work as quickly as possible to get an order for temporary spousal support. This financial order can support you while the divorce is pending and before the court makes a final order.
Spousal Support Factors
California statutes set forth a long list of factors considered in determining spousal support. Included are such things as:
- The age and health of the parties
- Their education and training
- Their length of time in the workforce
- Duration of the marriage
- Differences in earning ability
- Expenses of each party
- Tax consequences of any award
- Other economic factors.
A judge must also make a decision as to the duration and amount of support. Because California has not adopted guidelines for the determination of spousal support as it has for child support, the question of spousal support can be a real source of contention between the parties. Because determining spousal support is one of the most contentious issues in divorce, you need the advice and assistance of a lawyer familiar with California family law to protect your interests. Contact the experienced attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP in San Bernardino today.
Temporary Spousal Support
During the period between filing a petition for dissolution of marriage and the final judgment, a spouse may request, and the court may make an order for, temporary support based on the same factors considered in making a final support award. A temporary order will not affect the final order.
Modification of Spousal Support Orders
Unlike property division orders, an order for spousal support may be modified upon a determination of necessity. Changes in circumstances, such as unemployment or disability, are considered on motion for modification of spousal support.
California law uses specific guidelines or formulas to help divorcing parents determine the amount of child support owed. Formulas take into account factors like the number of children, time share percentage, gross income and tax liability. These formulas from the family code are computerized for simplicity. While many parents can tally the amount of child support owed based strictly on these formulas, there are some circumstances where deviations in child support are possible. It is these cases where a strong advocate is needed — someone to argue forcefully to protect your interests and the interests of your children. The attorneys at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP are those advocates.
Contact Our Inland Empire Child Support Lawyers at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP
If you have questions about child support or spousal support, talking to an attorney is a best way to get the legal answers you need. To contact our team of attorneys at the California law offices of Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP, please call us at 909-798-3300.
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