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How Long Does Spousal Support Last?

At Fenchel Family Law PC, we understand the complexities and emotional toll a divorce can take. One of the most pressing concerns for many individuals is the matter of spousal support. How long does it last? Will it provide the necessary financial stability during this challenging time? We delve into the subject to address these concerns to provide clear, professional guidance.

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is a court-ordered provision of financial support from one spouse to another after divorce or separation. The duration of spousal support varies significantly based on several factors.

Determining Factors

Navigating the intricacies of spousal support can be daunting. However, understanding the key determining factors can provide some clarity. It’s important to remember that each situation is unique, and as such, the court considers several factors to ensure a fair determination. Here are some of the primary considerations:

Length of the Marriage

Generally, the length of the marriage plays a crucial role in determining the duration of spousal support. In California, for marriages that lasted less than ten years, the rule of thumb is that support will last for half the length of the marriage. However, for marriages that lasted more than ten years, the judge may not set a definite termination date for spousal support.

Ability to Earn

The court considers the earning capacity of each spouse and whether it’s sufficient to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage. This assessment includes looking at the marketable skills of the supported party, the job market for those skills, and any need for retraining or education to acquire more marketable skills or employment.

Age and Health

The age and health of both parties may also affect the duration of support. If a spouse is unable to work due to age or ill health, the court may order the other spouse to continue providing support.

A Word of Reassurance

At Fenchel Family Law PC, we know that dealing with spousal support issues can be stressful. Our experienced and empathetic attorneys are here to guide you through this process, providing the support and expertise you need during this challenging time. We are committed to helping our clients navigate their way towards a more secure future.

Remember, every case is unique, and the duration of spousal support can vary significantly from one case to another. It’s crucial to seek professional legal advice to understand your specific circumstances better.

To learn more about how we can assist you, please contact us at (415) 805-9069 or online to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys in San Francisco.