- Do You Have an Automatic Right to Spousal Support?
You do not have an automatic right to spousal support. In order to receive any support the court will take into consideration a number of factors provided in Family Code 4320.
- How Long Do You Get Spousal Support For?
If your marriage was a short-term marriage (less than 10 yrs), you may get spousal support for half the duration of the marriage. If your marriage was a long-term marriage (over 10 years), you may get support forever, unless you remarry or by further order of the court.
- Can You Modify the Amount of Spousal Support?
In short, yes you can modify the amount of spousal support. Even after a spousal support order is decreed, you can modify that amount by arguing that there has been a change of circumstance. Changes of income or changes of marital status of the spouse receiving support are a couple examples of changed circumstances the courts will consider.
- What To Do When Spouse Does Not Make Spousal Support Payments.
You have a number of options if your spouse fails to make spousal support payments. Often judges will issue a wage assignment that will automatically deduct money from your spouse’s paycheck. Again, it is best to speak to a lawyer personally. They will better assist you once they know the specifics about your case.
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