Defining Temporary Spousal Support in California

Pleasanton CA divorce attorneyWhile most people are familiar with the concept of spousal support, almost everyone draws a blank when it comes to temporary spousal support. What does the “temporary” part entail, and is it something that is granted to you, or do you have to pay it to the ex?

Today’s post is an overview of temporary spousal support in California, how it works, and the factors that go into court decisions involving spousal support. For more details about any of the points discussed today, remember that you’re welcome to reach out to us directly at the Law Offices of James P. White.

What is Temporary Spousal Support?

Temporary spousal support actually has little to do with traditional spousal support. It can only be granted by a judge in California, and is only meant to cover an individual during the divorce/separation proceedings. 

People often mix this up with “permanent” spousal support that is granted after the divorce is over. This is because even this so-called permanent support is temporary and eventually ends. At any rate, temporary support is a separate type of spousal support.

How Do Courts Determine When To Grant Temporary Spousal Support?

The purpose of temporary spousal support is to ensure that a family has their financial needs covered, especially when major disruptions are occurring to the day-to-day of the family. It’s often granted when one spouse serves as the primary breadwinner, or there is a large disparity between the earnings of each spouse.

Here are some of the factors that judges consider when assessing whether to grant spousal support in CA:

  • The assets owned by each spouse (joint and separate)
  • Debts owned by both spouses
  • The financial needs of all family members according to the standard of living previously established
  • Each spouse’s earning capacity and whether marriage/child-rearing had an impact on this
  • Each spouse’s marketable skills
  • The length of the marriage

Consult with an Attorney on Spousal Support and Other Family Law Matters

If you’re thinking about filing for divorce, it’s important that you look ahead and plan accordingly in regards to potential spousal support arrangements, along with other key issues such as child custody. This might seem overwhelming but remember that you’re not alone. 

Count on the reputable family law attorneys at the Law Office of James P. White to answer all your questions regarding divorce and other family law matters. We take the time to listen and learn about your specific needs, then help you explore your legal options. 

Call today to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced CA family law attorneys.