San Diego Spousal Support Attorney

There are many decisions that must be made during a divorce that can cause disagreements between the parties. While child support is determined by the court using a strict formula, spousal support allows room for flexibility based on the situation and needs of each spouse. This flexibility creates sometimes strongly polarized disagreements.

At the San Diego firm Bierer & Associates Family Law, our goal is to carefully evaluate our clients' needs and goals to determine an adequate and fair arrangement for spousal maintenance. We can help you negotiate an amicable settlement with your ex, or find resolution through litigation when an arrangement cannot be reached any other way. Contact us to learn more.

Determinations in Alimony Agreements

If a divorcing couple is unable to agree on the need for or terms of spousal support, a judge will determine what is appropriate and award spousal support based on several factors, such as:

  • Each person's current income and earning capacity
  • Qualifications, job skills and potential earnings
  • Age and health
  • Assets and debts
  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living established during the marriage

Spousal support can be temporary or indefinite, depending on the length of the marriage, among other factors. As a general rule, marriages lasting more than 10 years may result in alimony payments being paid until the supported party's death or remarriage. Marriages lasting less than 10 years often include alimony payments that are paid for one-half the length of the marriage.

When determining the need for spousal support, a divorce lawyer from Bierer & Associates is a valuable advocate to help protect your interests, to either help secure or fight support. Using nearly 20 years of divorce and family law experience, we help negotiate with your ex when possible and fight for your interests at trial when needed. We are also able to assist with modification of orders.

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To schedule a consultation, contact us. Because of the complex legal issues involved in alimony and spousal support matters, our attorneys must meet with you in person before providing any legal advice.