Spousal support, sometimes referred to informally as alimony or spousal maintenance, is designed to help a husband or wife maintain a certain standard of living after a divorce. When spousal maintenance is awarded by a judge in Orange County, California, the judge considers many factors including the duration of the marriage, the standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage, and the parties' work history and educational background.
At the Law Office of Donald P. Bebereia, we have extensive experience in divorce cases involving spousal support claims and complex property division issues. Having an experienced family law attorney who can review the facts of your case and provide candid advice is the first step to protecting your financial rights.
When spousal support is awarded in a marriage of less than five years, it is typically awarded for a period of approximately half the duration of the marriage. In marriages of longer duration, an award of spousal support may be considerably longer when deemed appropriate by the court.
Spouses who are awarded spousal support may also be eligible for continued health care coverage under their ex-spouse's insurance plan through extended COBRA coverage. Our firm can help you fill out the necessary paperwork for extended COBRA coverage if it is available to you.
In certain circumstances, a spouse may seek a modification of a previous spousal support order. If there has been a substantial increase or decrease in your income or your spouse's income and you wish to learn more, we can help.
We also represent clients in enforcement actions when a client's spouse has failed to pay court-ordered spousal support or court-ordered child support. If you need assistance seeking or opposing an enforcement action, we encourage you to contact our office to learn more.