Spousal support, alimony, or spousal maintenance is the continued payment made from one spouse to another to maintain a certain standard of living during and after a divorce. In addition to child custody issues or division of property, it is one of the most contentious issues that parties may face. At the time of divorce, a spousal support determination will be made based on the standard of living of the parties at the time of divorce, each party’s needs and income, the duration of the marriage.
Whether you are seeking to collect spousal support or protect yourself against unmanageable obligations, we will identify all of your needs and articulate your rights in court. Contact our Monterey / San Jose law office for an initial FREE consultation.
You may be able to receive temporary or permanent spousal support payments. We can also assist you in recovering immediate payments if you are in need even before a divorce is finalized. If you are seeking spousal support, it is critical that your attorney is experienced in tracing hidden assets and identifying all of the support you may be entitled to.
Obtaining the Highest Support Order on Your Behalf:A spouse or partner may often be in need of money if their primary role was as homemaker or in childcare. We work to obtain the highest support order to protect their finances at the time of divorce or dissolution. We are experienced in all technical aspects of the investigation including tracing assets and income for the self-employed and identifying all resources to ensure that the income of the other spouse or partner is properly documented and accurate. In undertaking these tasks, Attorney Coetzee is assisted by our team of experts to ensure that your financial interests are protected.
Opposing Spousal Support:In addition to seeking the highest support order, we are also experienced in defense against unfair spousal support payments. If you are concerned about unmanageable or inappropriate payments to your former partner or spouse, we can assist you in defending against spousal support and make sure that you get all of the deductions and credits you are entitled to. Our legal team routinely works with forensic accountants, vocational evaluators, and other experts to accomplish your objectives.
Support and the Dissolution of Domestic Partnerships:We are experienced in representing clients in obtaining payments or defending against obligations after the dissolution of a marriage or a domestic partnership. Many people involved in domestic partnerships may not realize that they have significant rights to collect support. If you have been involved in a long-term relationship and relied upon certain agreements related to financial support, we may be able to help you collect payments at the time of dissolution.
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