Campbell Alimony Attorney


Determining the amount of spousal support (alimony) that one party must pay another is often a difficult issue in a divorce and often family financial resources are severely strained. With the help of a mediator or collaborative lawyer, the parties create a spousal support agreement that is fair and equitable.

Spousal SupportHow is Spousal Support Determined?

In California, a divorce court judge must consider over 14 different factors when determining spousal support. Some of these factors are: age, health, education, how much each spouse earns, the ability of each spouse to earn, needs of the parties and children, obligations and assets of the parties, the length of the marriage and the standard of living during the marriage. The judge must also consider if the request is a temporary need prior to the divorce being finalized, or if it a request for permanent support needed beyond the conclusion of the case. There is no set formula for determining spousal support. In a litigated case, a court must consider all of the factors and then come up with its own number.

Using Mediation and Collaborative Law to Resolve Spousal Support

Because of the uncertainty of the result, many couples choose not to leave the determination of spousal support up to the court. If you choose mediation, or collaborative law, you can consider whatever factors make sense for you. I will assist you in calculating your total financial resources, determining realistic budgets for the future and focus on minimizing the amount of community resources that go to pay taxes.

In cases where long-term support is a possibility, we can discuss whether or not it may be wise to have you work with a certified financial planner (CFP) who specializes in assisting couples utilize alternative dispute resolution. A CFP utilizes divorce planning software to create long-term projections of cash flow to determine the most equitable solution for both the short and long term. This can help you analyze whether or not your agreements will be fair and equitable both now and in the future.

For divorce mediation or collaborative law, call the Law Office of Tammara S. Bloom at 408-412-1430 or contact me online. As a trained divorce mediator and a collaborative family lawyer with more than 20 years of experience, I can help you find a fair solution to spousal support.