Let's wrap up the discussion we've been having over the past month on our Tustin family law blog with a look at some of the remaining factors that could play a role in spousal support. The discussion is not intended not as legal advice, but simply as general information.
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.
In any divorce, ongoing support is a priority matter. In marriages where one spouse earns a significantly higher income than the other, such as a physician, there are additional circumstances to be taken into consideration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.