Spousal Support (Alimony)

alimony supportAchieving Equity in California Spousal Support (Alimony)

In California, some courts are currently steering away from large, long-duration spousal support (alimony) awards. The notion of divorce as a payday for one party and a financial life sentence for the other is no longer relevant in many cases.

Spousal support (alimony) is based on established financial need on one side and ability to provide support on the other. The length of the marriage is one of the primary factors in determining whether, in what amount and how long support will be awarded.

The courts have a lot of flexibility in crafting divorce and spousal support (alimony) orders. In most cases, the judicial watchword is “equity.” It can take an experienced attorney to ensure that your interests are best served and that the judge’s concept of equity accounts for your needs and supports your goals.

In every case, the court wants what’s fair. At the Law Office of Ann A. Thomson, Ann helps her clients in Orange County and surrounding areas of Southern California establish fair and workable spousal support (alimony) agreements. She represents men and women seeking support as well as those who need experienced representation to avoid being forced to pay unfair or overwhelming spousal support (alimony).

If you are interested in finding real a solution regarding spousal support (alimony) in your divorce, please contact Ann today to schedule a free and informative initial consultation.

Complicating Factors in Determining Fair Spousal Support (Alimony)

In California, fault does not really come into play in determining who has to pay support, how much and for how long. Allegations of domestic violence, however, can make an enormous difference. Victims of domestic violence may be more likely to receive support. Conversely, if a person receiving spousal support (alimony) is found to have committed domestic violence, by law the support typically ends.

There are other factors that may come to bear on the equity of your particular situation. What is required is a flexible, creative approach based on real experience and a real commitment to meeting your short-term needs and helping you accomplish your long-term goals. At the Law Office of Ann A. Thomson, you will receive the focused attention and individualized support you need.

Contact Ann A. Thomson for a Free Consultation

To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your spousal support (alimony) needs, please call our Orange County office at 562-431-4333 or send Ann an e-mail now to request an appointment. Major credit cards are accepted.


From offices in Seal Beach, the Law Office of Ann A. Thomson serves clients throughout Southern California in communities such as Seal Beach, Santa Ana, Brea, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Anaheim, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Norwalk, Torrance, Rancho Palos Verdes and Los Angeles.