California Spousal Support | What You Need To Know About Spousal Support In California

California Spousal Support | What You Need To Know About Spousal Support In California

We have many clients that have questions about Spousal Support.  When going through divorce in California, it is important that you understand how Spousal Support works.

Watch this quick video that discusses spousal support.

Do You Have These Questions About Spousal Support?

  • How Does Spousal Support Work?
  • How is Spousal Support Determined?
  • Can I Get Spousal Support
  • Will I Have To Pay Spousal Support
  • How Much Spousal Support Will I Have To Pay?

How Spousal Support Works And Is Determined

Spousal Support is determined by 2 things.

  1. Income of the parties
  2. Length of Marriage
  3. Need for support

Spousal support calculations can be complex, but at the basic level, this is what is boils down to.

Basic Rules of Spousal Support

  • If you make more money than your spouse, you may have to pay Spousal Support
  • If your marriage is longer than 10 years, the court can retain jurisdiction over spousal support for ever
  • In most cases, the parties can agree to waive spousal support

How Is Spousal Support Determined

As mentioned above, spousal support is determined by how long the marriage was, how much each of the parties make and if there is a need for spousal support.

The Court uses a program called a “Dissomaster” which runs a calculation to determine how much spousal support will be.  The resulting dollar amount is called “Guideline spousal support”.  This means it is simply a guideline.  The parties can agree to more or less Spousal Support than the Guideline amount.

We Can Help You Determine Spousal Support

We are a licensed and bonded divorce document preparation firm.  We specialize in helping clients get through divorce without attorneys and offer a flat fee divorce service.

Part of our services is to help you determine how much spousal support will be if you plan on paying or receiving spousal support.  As mentioned above, you can always decide to waive spousal support.

Your decision to waive spousal support is up to the parties.

We Have The Courts Dissomaster Program

One of the hardest things you will find is that there is no way to get your hands on a Dissomaster report without calling a divorce attorney.  We have found that divorce attorneys are charging $250 just to run a simple Dissomaster spousal support calculation.

Well we have the dissomaster program and running spousal support calculations are part of our flat fee service.

When you work with our divorce service to prepare your divorce case, we will include a dissomaster printout (which is required by the way) when you are going through a divorce in California.  This includes even when you are asking the court to waive spousal support.

Call Us Today!

If you are considering a divorce and want to save thousands of dollars by not hiring an attorney, please give us a call.  We have helped 1,000’s of people complete their divorce without the need for attorneys.

You can reach us at 661-281-0266.