Torrance Family Lawyer Assists Divorcing Couples With Spousal Support
When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you need to make that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions the California courts generally make on behalf of those involved is whether or not one spouse must provide the other with monetary support, which is also known as Spousal Support. At Law Office of Miyuki Nishimura, in Torrance, I have 14 years of experience guiding clients throughout California in divorce actions involving Spousal Support. Whether you are the recipient of support or must pay it, I offer skilled counsel in ensuring an equitable result.
Spousal Support is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” At Law Office of Miyuki Nishimura, I know the laws governing spousal support and the courts tasked with making support decisions. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, I always work to reach a fair agreement between our client and the opposing party.
California Attorney Experienced in Negotiating and Litigating Spousal Support Agreements
When determining whether or not Spousal Support should be granted, how much should be awarded, and how long it should continue, California judges weigh certain factors, including a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual, and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced Spousal Support attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that Spousal Support will be awarded. Alternatively, I can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for.
In California, there are four types of Spousal Support agreements:
- Temporary Spousal Support – This type of Spousal Support provides support during the divorce action, which may include attorney fees and relevant litigation costs.
- Rehabilitative Spousal Support – Rehabilitative Spousal Support helps a dependent spouse become self-reliant and may end when an ex-spouse has found a job or has completed his or her education.
- Reimbursement Spousal Support – This type of Spousal Support is awarded to the spouse who worked to support the family while the other spouse pursued professional training or career development. It may end or the amount paid may decrease once the spouse has been compensated.
- Permanent Spousal Support – Permanent Spousal Support is given to a spouse who is seriously ill or who has demonstrated economic need. This agreement can be modified due to changing financial needs or other circumstances.
I work with you to determine what kind of Spousal Support is the best for your situation.
Advocate Striving for Your Peace of Mind
At Law Office of Miyuki Nishimura, I represent clients who are seeking Spousal Support as well as those who will be required to pay it. My clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay Spousal Support if their circumstances change. Others come to me if they are not receiving the Spousal Support payments specified by the agreement. I can help you present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the existing Spousal Support agreement.
Contact an Experienced California Family Law Attorney for Spousal Support Assistance
At Law Office of Miyuki Nishimura, I am dedicated to working toward an equitable Spousal Support result for the clients I represent throughout California. Call me at 213-262-3418 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Torrance office.