Spousal Support Attorneys

In some cases, courts in California and Nevada will mandate the payment of spousal support (also known as alimony). In others, it may be possible to avoid the payment of spousal support through a lump-sum payment of one spouse's separate assets to the other spouse. When the payment of spousal support is voluntary and not mandated by the court, there are complex issues involving incomes and taxation that need to be considered.

The attorneys at Watkins & Letofsky, LLP, have years of family law experience. We work diligently to help our clients deal effectively the financial, practical and emotional effects of divorce — and to protect their rights.

For a free consultation in our Santa Ana or Las Vegas offices about a spousal support matter, call Watkins & Letofsky, LLP, at 866-439-1295.

When Is Spousal Support Mandated?

The purpose of spousal support is to provide a lower income spouse with money for essential living expenses. The requirement to pay spousal support can be permanent or temporary.

Some of the factors a judge will consider when deciding about spousal support include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • The age, health and earning capacity of the spouses
  • The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage

For example, if a spouse has devoted her entire married life to raising children and does not have significant work experience outside the home, the payment of spousal support could very well be mandated. Younger spouses who do not have the educational credentials needed to support themselves may be granted temporary spousal support to allow them to attain those credentials. The court will make its decision based on the evidence presented to it, so having effective legal representation is essential.

Tax Aspects Of Spousal Support

The amount of spousal support is treated as taxable income for the receiver, and treated as tax-deductible expenses for the payer. This has important implications when crafting a divorce settlement. Our lawyers will carefully review these and other aspects of your case. We will recommend your best course of action, and work diligently to achieve your desired outcome.

Get Legal Help Today

For a consultation about a spousal support issue, call Watkins & Letofsky, LLP, at 866-439-1295 or contact us online.