Spousal Support

Are you entitled to spousal support (a.k.a. alimony)? If so, this is awarded in addition to any child support. An award of spousal support is determined by the factors outlined in Family Code § 4320.

Either spouse may be ordered to pay spousal support to the other. In Los Angeles, for short term marriages (defined as marriages less than 10 years), the trend of the Judges is to award one-half the length of the marriage. In long-term marriages (10 years or more), one may be entitled to permanent spousal support, depending on the circumstances.

In awarding permanent spousal support, the judge must consider many factors, such as: each party’s income and earnings; earning capacity; age and health of the parties; obligations and assets of each party; duration of the marriage; needs of each party based on the standard of living established during the marriage; education, job skills or occupation of each party, etc.


If you have any further questions or need additional information about Spousal Support or other services, please do not hesitate to email kelly@purposedrivenlawyers.com or call (323) 393-5669.