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Can spousal support be awarded in a domestic partnership?

Yes, spousal support can be awarded in a domestic partnership in California if the court determines it is appropriate based on the same spousal support factors considered in a marriage.

Can spousal support be waived in California?

Spouses can agree to waive spousal support in California through a prenuptial agreement or a postnuptial agreement, or pursuant to the terms in the Judgment, as long as the agreement is fair and meets certain legal requirements.

Financial Benefits of Family Law Mediation

Family disputes can be overwhelming, especially when they come with heavy emotional and financial burdens. Divorce, child custody, and other family issues often involve significant legal fees and court costs. Many families are looking for ways to resolve their disputes without breaking the bank or causing lasting emotional damage. One effective solution is family law […]Continue reading

Can spousal support be awarded in a short-term marriage?

Spousal support can be awarded in a short-term marriage if the court determines it is necessary based on the specific financial circumstances of the case. The duration of spousal support will be up to the court’s discretion. There is a statutory provision that says that in short term marriages (under 10 years), there is a […]Continue reading

Can spousal support be terminated in California?

Spousal support can be terminated in California if certain conditions are met, such as the receiving spouse’s remarriage or the death of either spouse or the supported spouse has an increase in his/her income or the supporting spouse loses his employment and income, or if spousal support terminates pursuant to the terms of the Judgment.

Can spousal support be modified in California?

Yes, spousal support orders can be modified in California if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income or employment of either party. Such an order is not available if the Judgment provides that spousal support is non-modifiable for a specific duration or under specific circumstances.

How long does spousal support last in California?

The duration of permanent spousal support in California varies case by case. It can be temporary, short term, or long-term, depending on factors such as the length of the marriage and the earning capacity of each spouse. Statutorily, spousal support terminates upon the remarriage of the supported spouse, the death of either spouse, or further […]Continue reading

Is spousal support automatic in California?

No, spousal support is not automatic in California. The court determines whether spousal support is appropriate based on the specific circumstances of the case.

How is spousal support calculated in California?

Unlike child support, there is no specific formula for calculating permanent spousal support in California. The court considers various factors, including the length of the marriage, the marital standard of living, the age of the party seeking spousal support, the health of the party seeking spousal support, each spouse’s income, and their need and ability […]Continue reading

What is spousal support in California family law?

Spousal support, also known as alimony, refers to the financial support that one spouse may be required to pay to the other spouse on a temporary basis and/or after a divorce or legal separation.

What should I do if I want to modify child support in California?

If you want to modify child support in California, you should consult with a family law attorney who specializes in child support matters. They can guide you through the process and help you present your case effectively.

The Emotional Benefits of Family Mediation

Family law disputes can be incredibly stressful and emotionally draining for everyone involved. Issues such as divorce, child custody, and property division often bring significant anxiety. Traditional courtroom battles can intensify these feelings, leaving families feeling overwhelmed and disheartened. Mediation offers an alternative approach that focuses on reducing stress and fostering a more constructive atmosphere. […]Continue reading

What if one parent is a High-Income Earner in California and its impact on child support?

There are specific rules and guidelines in California pertaining to High-Income Earners in determining a party’s child support obligation. It is a highly complicated determination process and if you fall into this category, it is recommended that you consult with a family law lawyer who specializes in High-Income Earner child support matters that can guide […]Continue reading

Can child support be modified if the non-custodial parent has a change in marital status?

A change in marital status alone may not warrant a modification of child support. However, if there is a substantial change in the non-custodial parent’s financial circumstances as a result of the change in marital status, it can be taken into account.

Can child support be modified if the child’s needs decrease?

If the child’s needs decrease significantly, such as when they become financially independent, child support may be subject to modification. The court will evaluate the circumstances and make a determination based on the California Guideline Child Support Calculator recommendation.

Can child support be modified if the non-custodial parent has a change in income?

Yes, if the non-custodial parent has a substantial change in income, they can seek a modification of child support based on their new financial circumstances.

Can child support be modified if the non-custodial parent has a change in custody?

A change in custody may impact child support arrangements. The court will reassess the circumstances and make any necessary modifications based on the increase or decrease in the percentage of custodial time the non-custodial parent has at the time of the modification request.

Can child support be modified if the custodial parent loses his/her job?

If the custodial parent loses his/her job and experiences a significant change in income, he/she can seek a modification of child support based on their new financial circumstances (provided the job loss was not done voluntarily to suppress income).

The Advantages of Family Law Mediation

Family disputes can be tough, especially when emotions run high and decisions need to be made that affect everyone. Whether it’s a divorce, child custody issue, or dividing property, resolving these matters can become stressful and overwhelming. One solution to ease this burden is family law mediation. Mediation offers a way for families to handle […]Continue reading

Can child support be modified if the non-custodial parent is incarcerated?

The incarceration of the non-custodial parent may impact their ability (lack of income) to pay child support. They can seek a modification based on their changed circumstances during their time in prison.

Can child support be modified if the non-custodial parent has a change in visitation time?

A change in visitation time may or may not warrant a modification of child support, depending on the impact of the change in the custodial percentage of the visitation parent input into the California Guideline Child Support Calculator. However, if there is a substantial change in the custody or visitation arrangement, it will be taken […]Continue reading

Can child support be modified if the custodial parent moves out of state?

If the custodial parent moves out of state, it may impact child support arrangements. The court may consider the new circumstances and make any necessary modifications

Can child support be modified if the child support paying parent becomes disabled?

If the child support parent becomes disabled and experiences a change in income as a result, they can seek a modification of child support based on their new financial circumstances.

Can child support be modified if the child’s needs change?

Child support can be modified if there is a substantial change in the child’s needs, such as medical expenses or educational costs. The court will assess the circumstances and the factors considered in the California Guideline Child Support Calculator and make a determination.

Can child support be modified if the child support paying parent has additional children from a different relationship?

Yes, the child support paying parent’s obligation to support additional children from a different relationship can be considered (as a hardship deduction) when determining child support. It may warrant a modification of the child support order.

Can child support be modified if the custodial parent remarries?

The remarriage of the custodial parent does not automatically warrant a modification of child support. The court will assess the overall financial circumstances of the custodial parent and decide based on the factors considered and mandated by the California Guideline Child Support Calculator.

Tips for Reducing Conflict in Family Mediation

Dealing with family disputes is challenging, especially when emotions run high and conflicts arise. Family mediation offers a way to resolve these disputes peacefully and effectively. In mediation, both parties work together with a neutral mediator to find solutions that are in the best interests of everyone involved, especially the children. However, reducing conflict during […]Continue reading

Can child support be modified if the child support paying parent loses his/her job?

If the child support paying parent loses their job or experiences a significant change in income, he/she can seek a modification of child support based on their changed financial circumstances. There could be an exception to this, if the job loss or termination was done voluntarily, to suppress income, in which case the court would […]Continue reading

Can child support orders be modified if the custodial parent’s income changes?

Yes, child support orders can be modified if there is a substantial change in the custodial parent’s income. The court will evaluate the circumstances and decide.

Can child support be paid directly to the custodial parent?

Child support can be paid directly to the custodial parent, but it is advisable to utilize the California Department of Child Support Services or a similar agency to keep track of payments.

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