If you are facing a divorce, you may be concerned about supporting yourself. In a marriage, courts continue to uphold a spouse's obligation to support a former spouse where it can be shown the payments
- correct an imbalance in incomes
- address a financial need or
- serve to keep parties during the divorce in standards of living similar to that enjoyed during marriage.
A court may find one or more of these factors exist where there is a need to support a spouse until he or she can be trained with employable skills. Additional factors under California law that may be considered in determining support include such things as a history of domestic violence, special needs of dependent children, and the length of the marriage.
At the law firm of MacKenzie & Associates, our clients gain the benefit of Mr. MacKenzie's advanced legal training in tax and finances (he has received an MBA) to fully analyze financial issues of support and property division. An equitable division of marital property can go a long way to ensuring that the parties have what they need to begin the next phase of their life. When small, family-owned businesses are part of the marital estate, we have the skills to that ensure a proper estimate of their value is given.
In some cases, a spouse has not been working for several years because he or she has stayed home to care for the children. The California courts have ruled that both parents must try to become self-supporting without the aid of spousal support. This means that often a parent must return to work or go to school so that they will be more able to support themselves (and any minor children) in the future.
Often, a court will order a Vocational Evaluation in order to prepare a plan for how the nonworking spouse will re-enter the workforce. MacKenzie & Associates is experienced in working with both the working and non-working spouses while undergoing a Vocational Evaluation. If you are paying spousal support, especially in a long-term marriage, you need to make sure that your spouse is on track to become self-supporting. If you are currently receiving spousal support, you need to make sure that you are taking the right steps so that your spousal support is not cut off earlier than you expect.
Call us at 510-537-7200 today or contact us online to discuss your options regarding spousal support.