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Spousal support basics in California (part 2)

Last month we began looking in some detail at the reality of spousal support in California, in contrast to some popularly held misconceptions. Having reviewed the different situations in which spousal support may be awarded, let's continue with how courts go about calculating spousal support.

Spousal support basics in California (part 1)

When a couple has reached the end of a marriage, there are a number of financial matters they will need to address. One major issue is what Tustin residents commonly know as alimony, or what California law calls spousal support. There are some common misconceptions about spousal support, so we'll be taking some time this month to look at just what the California courts say about it. The discussion is intended as general information only, not specific legal advice.

What are the differences between divorce and legal separation?

As discussed previously on our blog, Tustin couples may find that separating and ending their marriage can be much more complicated when they own a business together. This is one scenario among many where it may make sense to consider legal separation as a temporary phase before moving ahead with a divorce.

The end of a marriage and a business partnership

We wrote last week here on our Tustin California Family Law Blog about community property laws and the process California couples go through to divide their property at the end of a marriage. There are many potential complicating factors that can give rise to disputes, one of which is when partners in a marriage are also partners in a business.

The property division process in California

Property division can, unfortunately, lead to disputes during the divorce process. While couples are permitted to, and encouraged to, divide property between themselves, sometimes that is not possible and the family law court is available to help. In general, the family law process provides a framework for property division. In California, community property division rules are followed when dividing the divorcing couple's assets, property and debts.

Understanding California divorce basics

Preparing for the end of a marriage can be challenging but it can also be helpful to be prepared for the divorce process and know what to expect to help achieve a smoother divorce. It is helpful to be aware that California is considered a no-fault divorce state and couples can divorce simply based on irreconcilable differences. The family law court realizes that the divorcing couple will have some rebuilding to do following divorce so it helps them reach a fair divorce settlement that places both former spouses in the best position to do that.

The family law process assists with all divorce-related concerns

Families change over time and families that have been through the divorce process are no different. Throughout the divorce process, and following it, there are a variety of concerns that may arise that the family law court can help couples and families with. When a couple is seeking a divorce, for instance, it is important for them to be familiar with the importance of legal separation which has an impact on property division if the couple ultimately decides to divorce.

Former reality TV personality files for divorce in California

Divorce can be challenging for many couples and families which is why family law resources are available to help. Former reality TV personality Audrina Patridge recently filed for divorce from her husband Corey Bohan. Partridge filed for divorce in California and listed irreconcilable differences as the reason for the end of the marriage. Partridge also requested legal and physical custody of the couple's daughter with visitation granted to Bohan. She also requested that he need written permission to take their daughter of a certain geographical area. Partridge asked the court not to award spousal support to either party.


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