When you are going through a divorce, one of your primary concerns will likely be whether you will be able to maintain the standard of living that you are accustomed to. This will be a particularly valid concern if you are not the primary earner in your family unit.
It is important in this situation to conduct thorough research so that you are prepared for the likely outcome of a California divorce. There are many things that you can do in order to maximize the spousal support that you could be awarded, so it is important that you understand the factors that can affect this.
How is spousal support determined in California?
Decisions regarding spousal support are much more broadly calculated than child support, which tends to stick to a specific formula based on income. Therefore, there is a lot that you can do in order to influence the decision made by the courts.
The financial income of each spouse is taken into account, as well as the nonfinancial roles of each spouse. For example, if one spouse does not currently earn an income but is the primary caregiver of the children, this will be acknowledged. The future earning potential of each spouse is also taken into account.
In order to maximize spousal support, you should make sure to show the ways in which you have supported and will continue to support the family unit from a nonfinancial perspective. You should also ensure that your standard of living is not underestimated.
It is important that you take action to understand how spousal support is calculated in California.