Spousal support can be very important. It is a way to help a lesser-earning spouse support themselves. It may help them as they go back to school or focus on improving their career. It could help them live in the same area instead of having to move because of high apartment or home costs.

No one is entitled to alimony just by virtue of getting a divorce, but if you’re a lesser-earning spouse and aren’t sure how you’re going to make ends meet, it could be a good support to ask for.

How long will you receive spousal support in California?

The answer is different for everyone, but on the whole, you can expect to receive it for around half the length of time of your marriage, unless you agree to a different length of time with your spouse. You can also opt for lump-sum alimony, which helps you get all of your alimony up front (in a single lump sum or across a few large payments).

If you take lump-sum alimony, will you receive less than the original support order?

No, the way alimony works requires you to be paid the full amount unless you agree to less, even if the amount is paid as a lump sum. That helps protect your right to alimony. Additionally, taking a lump sum can be beneficial, since you won’t have to wait for payments and will know that money is in your hands.

Our website has more about spousal support and all you need to know if you want to ask for it in California. It can be a massive benefit for you if you’re worried about your finances following your divorce.