Divorces are often riddled with a high voltage of emotional drama. One of the major pressing issues in divorce cases is the issue of spousal support or alimony. Under alimony laws, California family courts try to employ the rule of equity where neither party should be adversely affected or at a financial loss due to the end of the marital bond.
Divorce is not just about two people moving on with their lives. There are also financial issues and concerns, such as property division, child support payments and child custody. One financial aspect of divorce that a spouse needs to keep in mind is payment of spousal support or alimony. Everywhere in the country, including here in California, a spouse can ask for spousal support when the divorce case is filed. Temporary spousal support orders can be filed even when an individual is awaiting a final divorce decree.
According to some experts, the United States has seen a rise in the number of marriages ending in courtrooms in recent decades, with California alone seeing tens of thousands of marital dissolutions each year. Anyone who is facing divorce will probably agree that it can be an extremely challenging event, both emotionally and financially. Beyond the details of the divorce itself, may be decisions about spousal support, property and asset division and child custody and support if there are minor children still at home.
What are the options that a Californian has when served with a divorce summons? First, they need to go through the papers carefully. The Form FL-100 Petition will tell you what the petitioner (usually the spouse) wants. There is also another form, the Summons Form FL-110, which provides information about the rights and responsibilities that you have in the divorce process.
Getting a divorce in California or elsewhere in the country can be quite burdensome. The couple who decides to part ways has to sign a lot of paperwork that can be quite painful, as the parties may be experiencing a kaleidoscope of emotions, such as anger, frustration and despair. Perhaps this is the reason why collaborative divorce is becoming more popular with parties who must negotiate about various issues, such as child custody, child support or spousal support.
Apart from who will take custody of a California couple's minor children, the most intensely disputed issues in divorce usually concern the disposition of real property, assets and debts. Whether a spouse is focused on staying in the martial home, keeping specific properties, protecting assets acquired during marriage or maintaining control of a business or other concern, reliable legal counsel can be critical.
A California appellate court recently ruled that money a man had received from his wealthy parents during the course of his marriage should be categorized as income for purposes of establishing child support and spousal support. However, the court also found that the man's parents were no longer supporting him, and so agreed with the trial court's decision not to take his parents' wealth into account when evaluating his ability to pay.
California couples with a high net worth may be interested in the recent emergence of legal documents detailing the terms for property division in Eliot Spitzer's divorce. Reportedly, Spitzer's wife will receive a large financial package from Spitzer, a former New York governor, in accordance with the couple's postnuptial agreement. The high-profile couple filed for divorce in January 2014.
California entertainment fans may be interested in information revealed in a recent interview with actor/comedian John Cleese. The actor opened up about his marriage and divorce, and how much the alimony settlement is costing him.
California couples who are facing the daunting prospect of the termination of their marriage may have plenty of questions for their attorneys. Experts agree that some of those questions are more important than others. First, understanding the costs that may be incurred is essential. Legal fees can vary greatly depending on how complicated the divorce process becomes and how long it takes.