A contentious issue during a divorce is spousal support, which can be a complex issue to understand to and to resolve. When one spouse has a lower income, the court may order the other spouse to provide a certain level of financial support.

In California, in a dissolution, a request for the court to order that one party pay spousal support to the other is filed. When dissolving a domestic partnership, the same order is a partner support order. The former term for such support is alimony.

The court considers many factors when determining partner or spousal support:

  • Length of the marriage
  • Net income of each spouse
  • Standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
  • Age of each spouse
  • Mental and physical health of each spouse
  • Childcare responsibilities of each spouse
  • Debts and property

Spousal or partner support can be a highly contended and sensitive issue during a divorce. Contact our experienced San Francisco divorce lawyers to learn more about how we can help you.