Understanding Child Support And Spousal Support In California

At The Law Offices Of Kieran P. Brown, we get many questions from clients regarding California's child support and spousal support laws. Indeed, many clients are often confused about these two types of support and how they are calculated.

Fortunately, we can help answer questions you may have about child support, spousal support or any other related legal issues, including child custody, visitation, paternity and divorce.

If you would like to speak to an experienced family lawyer today about either child support or spousal support, contact The Law Offices Of Kieran P. Brown. We serve clients throughout Orange County and South Los Angeles County, including those in Norwalk and Long Beach. Reach out to us online or call us at 562-888-5238 to schedule a FREE initial consultation. With more than three decades of combined legal experience, our two lead attorneys can explain your options and help guide you through the legal process.

Calculating Child Support And Spousal Support

In California, child support obligations are largely determined using a preset formula that takes into account the parents' incomes as well as the amount of time the child spends with each parent, which is another reason why it is so important to maximize your parenting time.

Conversely, courts are free to consider several factors and variables when determining whether to award spousal support, including:

  • The age and health of each spouse
  • The length of the marriage
  • The assets and property of each spouse
  • The standard of living established during marriage and whether the spouse seeking support has the earning potential to maintain this standard
  • The skills, education and job market for the spouse seeking support, as well as the time and expense needed to develop marketable skills
  • The degree to which the earning power of the spouse seeking support was hindered by staying at home to perform domestic duties during the marriage
  • The ability of the supporting spouse to make support payments

These are just a handful of the factors a court may examine when calculating spousal support, also known as alimony. In fact, a court has a great deal of discretion when it comes to spousal support and can consider any factor it determines to be relevant.