Articles Posted in Spousal Support & Alimony

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A San Jose family law attorney defines Alimony…

Alimony is also known as spousal support. Alimony, or the amount (in dollars, property, etc.) of spousal support that one spouse will provide to another during divorce or separation is determined by many factors that can include the length of the marriage, the support during the marriage, and is considered a contunuation of that support to be provided after the marriage (or in some cases common law marriage) has ended.

Alimony exists under divorce law, but there are many factors involved. To accurately assess your current marital circumstances and/or pending divorce, you should seek the advice of a family law attorney.

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San Jose Bankruptcy Attorney  explains how better financial education for couples could reduce the instances of divorce and bankruptcy.

A recent article published in Australia raised the question of whether better financial education could reduce the instances of bankruptcy and divorce.  It’s an interesting thought, since financial stress is one of the leading causes of divorce and separation.  Ironically the financial stress that is there when two people, often with two incomes, are living together doesn’t go away when they are trying to maintain separate households and pay spousal support and child support.

Some of the issues that lead to the financial issues that can strain marriage include lack of budgeting, poor spending habits, overuse of credit cards, along with unemployment, declining home values and wide fluctuations in the stock market battering the net worth of families.

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San Francisco Family Law Attorney comments on the rise in spousal support for men cases in family law courts.

With the recent prolonged recession tearing at many middle-class jobs, the family law courts are seeing a rise in men requesting spousal support from their wives, whose jobs may not be as severely affected by this recession.

For many men, they would have never entertained the thought of spousal support for themselves. For years, the spousal support system has favored women, who are often the lower-paid individual in a two-income household. The rise in the number of women entering the higher-paying fields has started to change this. Spousal support laws are gender-neutral, and women with high-paying jobs may be in for a surprise if they end up in divorce proceedings.

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Sacramento Divorce Lawyer Discusses How Even Celebrities Gets the Blues
Even celebrities with very unusual behavior gets the blues. Jackass star wife of Johnny Knoxville filed for divorce two years ago. They were officially divorced in March, 2008 in a bifurcated proceeding, reserving all financial matters for resolution at a later date. Just last week, Knoxville (real name: Philip John Clapp) settled with his ex-wife Melanie Clapp, agreeing to pay $6,000 monthly in child support for their 13-year-old daughter, Madison.The former couple split in July 2006 after 11 years of marriage. According to reports, the financial statement appears to be a fairly even split of marital property. Melanie was awarded half of their bank accounts and half of Knoxville’s residuals from the Jackass franchise and Dukes of Hazzard film, pursuant to the terms of their agreement. Knoxville retained his share of several production companies. The parties will share joint custody of Madison, their daughter.

Here at Sagaria Law, we offer a full range of family law and legal services including divorce, paternity, adoption, child custody and visitation matters, child support, spousal support, alimony, juvenile dependency, domestic violence, division of property, grandparent visitation and custody, etc. We have seven Northern California locations including San Jose, San Francisco, Redwood City, Fremont, Salinas, Roseville and Sacramento. We offer a free thirty minute consultation, either in person at any of our offices, or over the phone. Call our offices today and we can connect you with an attorney immediately or we can schedule your free consultation with one of our family law attorneys: (408) 279-2288 or (800) 941-6730 or visit

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San Jose Divorce Attorney Discusses Divorce and Separation

Even though people are very emotionally taken under during a divorce, separation can also lead to a great deal of physical harm as well. It makes sense since when your psychology and emotions are affected, it will show in you physically as well. CTV news has an article regarding the effects of divorce on a person’s health. Researchers found that women in unhappy marriages are more likely to experience injurious effects to their health than men. Although both genders are likely to suffer from general depression resulting from a strained marriage, women more frequently suffer from signs of “metabolic syndrome”: including high blood pressure, obesity and other risk factors of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. In fact, men for the most part did not face an increased risk of metabolic syndrome at all. Involving 276 couples aged 40 to 70, the study entailed couples filling out several questionnaires, including three to examine positive aspects of marriage quality; three to measure negative aspects of marital quality involving arguments and feelings of hostility; and four to determine symptoms of mild depression.

It’s best to keep a cool head and realize that divorce happens to many people, but it’s all in the way you deal with it. The way you deal with things can mean health and happiness in looking forward to a new life, or stress that can hur you physically down the line.

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Redwood City Divorce Attorney Discusses Social Networking and Divorce: Yays and Nays

Now that everyone and their dog (or their spouse) is on Facebook, MySpace and the various other social networking sites, individuals can easily keep track of friends, family and even ex-spouses. Its either the best thing to happen for divorcing families or the worst.

Couple of things to watch for on these sites if you are getting divorced:

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San Jose Divorce Lawyer Discusses West Wing Actor is Divorcing Malcolm in the Middle Wife

Bradley Whitford, known primarily for his role on The West Wing, is divorcing his wife of sixteen years, Jane Kaczmarek. The parties have three children together, and have professed to the media a desire for privacy so they can focus on their children.

The longtime couple lives in Los Angeles, and filed for dissolution in Los Angeles County. This means their dissolution will be controlled by California community property law. Possible issues include custody and visitation, support (child and spousal support) and property division.

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Sacramento Family Law Attorney Discusses Affect of Filing a Family Law Case on Travel with Children

Now that we are in the midst of summer and vacation plans are being made – visits to grandma’s house, trips to Disneyland, etc., many people who are in the early stages of a family law case should be aware of what their limitations may be and plan their vacations accordingly.

Often times when someone opens a family case – either a dissolution, custody and visitation or paternity case, they are usually unaware of what exactly the repercussions are of filing. In California, when a family law case is opened, a Summons is issued and a standard family law restraining order is issued. This is also referred to as the Automatic Temporary Restraining Order (ATRO). The Petitioner, party who filed the case, is automatically subject to the ATRO upon filing the case, and the Respondent is subject to the ATRO upon being personally served with the Summons.

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Fremont Divorce Attorney Discusses an Exception to the Rule

People magazine reports that the Countess LuAnn de Lesseps divorce is now complete. The process was relatively expedient, given the high amount of assets and issues involved. The Count and Countess dissolved their union after 16 years of marriage and producing two children, Victoria, age 14 and Noel, age 12. Although the full details have not been disclosed, it appears that the Countess has received a very generous spousal and child support award, primary custody of the two minor children, and a $7.5 million estate in the Hamptons. She even gets to keep her title! This relatively simple resolution of their marital issues is certainly not the norm, especially in the current economic climate.

In California, couples that have decided to end their marriage are currently often faced with the consequences of short-selling or allowing their homes to go into foreclosure because neither spouse can afford to maintain the mortgage payment on one income. The inability to sell the family home for a profit creates a severe hardship for parents hoping to use equity from their home to start over. This often leads to increased demands for spousal and child support, which creates additional acrimony in an already difficult situation.

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San Jose Divorce Attorney Discusses How the Recession Changes Face of Divorce in California

As the economic downturn continues to damage housing values, force job losses and cuts in services, one thing that has not changed is that couples are still divorcing, child support is still being sought, and property is still being divided. What has changed is how those divorces are proceeding, in terms of financial awards and assets.

One of the largest assets in any divorce is typically the house. That asset used to have, particularly in California, equity which could be used to either buy the other party out or sold and divided equally between the parties. Frequently, we are now seeing that the houses not only have no equity, but that the parties owe substantially more than the house is worth, and often, the parties are behind on payments, or will be when the two-income household is no longer in existence. This poses a dilemma for family courts, parties and attorneys – how do we get divide a negative asset? Every couple has to decide for themselves, but options include a short sale, returning the property to the bank, or allowing the party who can make the mortgage to assume responsibility for the property.