Alimony in California is referred to as
spousal support. It is money that one spouse pays to the other to help support them after a
divorce. The spouse receiving such support is required to pay federal and state
income taxes on whatever they receive, and the spouse making such payments
is entitled to a tax deduction. A Los Angeles divorce lawyer should be
consulted to verify that the orders are drafted correctly, ensuring that
such deductions can be made legally.
If neither party currently needs spousal support, either can ask the judge
to reserve jurisdiction to order spousal support at a future date, such
as when a job is lost or health deteriorates. Again, a judge will be more
likely to grant this if the marriage has lasted over ten years. Under
some circumstances, the person receiving support may go back to court
to ask for a change in the amount of support. A judge can also order a
wage assignment so that a spouse's employer pays spousal support directly.
If you have questions about spousal support and your other options when
getting divorced, contact Claery & Hammond, LLP today!