If you are going through a divorce in Valencia, California and have a long term marriage,(over 10 years) and want to terminate the court’s jurisdiction over the issue of spousal support in your divorce case, you are going to have to have include the spousal support waiver language for marriages over 10 years in length. (more below video)
You see, In California divorce, the law states that the court’s will maintain jurisdiction over the issue of spousal support indefinitely in marriages of long duration which is considered over 10 years. This does not mean that there has to be a spousal support order, it just means the court has the ability to make an award for spousal support should one of the spouses ask for spousal support in the future.
But many spouses going through divorce in Valencia still want to terminate the court’s jurisdiction, even though this is not what the courts would normally do.
If you want to terminate the court’s jurisdiction over the issue of spousal support, and both spouses agree, you can include specific spousal support waiver language that has to be part of your divorce agreement in order for the court’s to terminate the jurisdiction over the issue of spousal support.
If you plan on asking the court to terminate the jurisdiction over the issue of spousal support I recommend that both spouses have their signature notarized on the divorce judgment. While it is not normally necessary to have both signatures notarized (sometimes none, sometimes just one) we recommend it because we have seen the courts request a hearing to speak to the spouses to make sure they understand what they are agreeing to. The judges also started rejecting the divorce judgments in some cases and asked the spouses to have their signatures notarized.
If you are going through a divorce in Valencia or anywhere in California, we can help you with your divorce, including adding the necessary waiver language to have not only the spousal support set at zero but to terminate the court’s jurisdiction over the issues of spousal support forever so you don’t ever have to worry about either spouse coming back at a later time and asking for spousal support.