Will Spousal Support Be Enough and How Long Will it Last?

Pierre Domercq Spousal Support

We are often asked “will spousal support be enough and how long will it last?”  How long does spousal support last in a North County or Carlsbad divorce?  Will it be enough to be able to support a separate household?  Questions of spousal support are not as clearly defined in California law as the child support calculations guidelines.  Therefore, spousal support is usually a negotiation between the parties or the result of mediation or ultimately litigation.

While California law does not specifically calculate spousal support it does attribute several factors which the court must take into consideration, including but not limited to:

    • The age and health of the parties
    • The duration of the marriage itself
    • The financial capacity of each party and lifestyle prior to the divorce
    • Education and employment history
    • The sacrifice of one spouse to support another while they finished education or sought a professional license

The experienced Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq, LLP guide our clients through spousal support conversations, negotiation, mediation and when necessary litigation. We have represented clients before North County family law courts for decades and this experience further informs the sound advice and counsel we provide throughout the process.

It is also important to note that spousal support does not often continue until death.  In cases where a marriage lasted a significant number of years the term of spousal support is often longer.

While the duration of the marriage itself will have an impact on the duration of spousal support, the court will often issue a “Gavron Warning” to the recipient of spousal support. The Gavron Warning expresses the court’s expectation for the recipient to become self-sustaining within a given period of time.

Will spousal support be enough and how long will it last in your case?  Spousal support can be a contentious issue in a North County or Carlsbad divorce.  There are several strategies to resolve this issue in a cost effective manner, and the attorneys at Burke & Domercq, LLP are committed to achieving our client’s goals and objectives in a timely and efficient manner.  We invite you to contact us or call 760-434-3330 to schedule an appointment.