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Alimony

Ventura Alimony Attorney

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For many couples that are getting divorced alimony is a reality of divorce. Some states refer to alimony payments as spousal support or maintenance, and if you earn a considerable amount more than your spouse, you could be ordered to pay. At the Law Offices of Janet L. Mertes, we understand the emotional time going through a divorce can be, which is why we aim to offer compassionate, down-to-earth legal counsel for our clients. If you and your spouse are in disagreement over alimony payments, we can help you mediate and reach an agreement.

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  • Sympathetic and supportive legal counsel
  • Years of family law experience
  • Flexible availability to fit your needs

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Who is Awarded Alimony?

When a judge decides if a spouse should receive alimony, they examine the individual’s capacity to earn. A common misconception regarding alimony payments is that your spouse will have to maintain a specific standard of living. While this information is taken into account for the decision, there is no guarantee. Standard of living is usually considered when the lesser earning parent will have full physical custody of the children. Additionally, if the spouse was working a part-time job at the time of the divorce, they may be required to search for a full-time one as a condition of their alimony payments.

Paying Alimony

If you are ordered to pay alimony, you will likely have to pay a specified amount each month until:

  • Your former spouse remarries
  • You children no longer need you full-time at home
  • A future date set by the judge
  • A significant life event such as retirement
  • one spouse dies

What if my spouse refuses to pay?

If your spouse refuses to pay alimony you should contact the legal counsel of one of our experienced Ventura family lawyers for your next steps. Give us a call at 805-291-4858.

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