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Alimony: how much will you have to pay?

Many California residents understand the purpose of child support after a divorce, as it is needed to make sure a child continues to have a stable life post-divorce. However, alimony is a much harder pill to swallow, as it is often used to help support adults who can seemingly take care of themselves. In reality, many divorced men and women truly need alimony to stay afloat financially in the months and years following their divorce.

Alimony considerations: standard of living and length of marriage

Alimony issues can become one of the most contentious issues in the divorce process, no matter how well you and your soon-to-be ex get along. Generally, alimony or 'spousal support' refers to the money a higher-earning spouse will pay to the lower-earning spouse as part of a couple's divorce agreement.

Our attorneys can help you get the alimony you deserve

Determining alimony or spousal support can be a critical part of the divorce process for many California couples. Attorney Joseph R. Zoucha understands the importance of alimony and how it can help a newly divorced person get back on their feet financially. He has over 30 years of experience handling divorce cases involving alimony, child support and other common divorce issues.

What do courts consider when calculating spousal support?

One of the most highly contested issues in a divorce is spousal support, or the amount one spouse has to pay the other spouse each month, post-split. In many cases, lesser-earning spouses and spouses who did not work outside of the home during the marriage are entitled to spousal support or alimony. Spousal support helps them maintain the standard of living they grew accustomed to while they were married.

New tax code may negatively affect alimony for divorcing couples

In an earlier post, we discussed how the new tax code will affect alimony nationwide. Alimony has always been difficult to determine, but according to some experts, the new tax code will likely make things even more difficult. In the past, each state had its own rules to determine alimony, but no matter where you were, the payer could deduct alimony on their taxes while the payee would pay income tax on it. However, under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, alimony will no longer be deductible for payers after Dec. 31, 2018. That means that people receiving alimony will no longer have to pay income tax on it.

How is alimony determined?

When a couple gets married, it is not uncommon for one spouse to stop working and devote his or her time to taking care of the home and family. We all know that taking care of children is a full-time job, often making it difficult to juggle both a career and a family. The courts recognize the sacrifice that is made when one spouse decides to forego a career to take care of the family, making it one of the considerations when determining alimony for one spouse in a divorce.