Concerned about a Gavron Warning in Your Divorce

Should You Be Concerned about a Gavron Warning in Your Divorce

Pierre Domercq Spousal Support

Should you be concerned about a Gavron Warning in your divorce as it pertains to spousal support?  What is the Gavron Warning, and why is this an important issue in many North County divorce cases?  Under California law the Court may want a recipient of spousal support to become self-sufficient over a period of time and to make reasonable efforts to gain appropriate employment.  The Gavron Warning is included in the formal written judgment toward the conclusion of a divorce case.  The addition of the Gavron Warning may be due to an agreed upon settlement or ordered by the Court in a contested matter.

What circumstances might warrant such an order and should you be concerned about a Gavron Warning in your divorce case?  Each divorce in North County is truly unique.  The circumstances surrounding each of the former spouses, the length of the marriage, their employment, income, lifestyle and education are just a few of the factors which will affect a temporary or permanent spousal support order.  For example, in cases where the marriage lasted for many years and the parties are older a Judge may not consider issuing the Gavron Warning at all.  Usually, the Court is seeking to establish the expectation that spousal support may not last forever, and the recipient of spousal support needs to make efforts to become self-sustaining.

Many of the aspects of California law surrounding the Gavron Warning are quite ambiguous.  This is designed to give the Judge a wide purview to decide how long to give the recipient to become self-sustaining and whether or not they have made and continue to make reasonable efforts to do so.

This is why it is important to contact the experienced Carlsbad divorce and family law attorneys at Burke & Domercq.  Draw on the decades of experience and sound counsel provided by our attorneys to learn more about your unique circumstances and how the law may be applied in your case.  We invite you to review the recommendations of our former clients and contact us or call 760-712-3741 to schedule an appointment.