Permanent support or alimony is required in a marriage of over ten years’ duration unless the parties agree otherwise. There are a number of issues associated with the award of support, and I make sure you understand the concept, how the judge decides the issue, and how best to protect you if you are the supported spouse in the future. In my many years practicing as a lawyer in Los Angeles, I have often seen clients misadvised on this topic, and it is crucial to one’s future well being.
Support is ordered in short-term marriages usually for a time equal to one-half the length of the marriage. I can also advise you about this important provision. I can also explain the rules about restoring a supported spouse to gainful employment in the workplace and I will obtain the services of a forensic vocational expert if necessary to protect your rights or those of the payor spouse when he or she believes the other spouse is not adhering to the law. Permanent support has different rules than temporary support awarded during the proceedings.
In a long-term marriage, the supported spouse must demonstrate the need and serious consequences if the award were not made. When parties with significant assets request support, the issue of the marital standard of living is involved and must be determined along with other factors. Sometimes, this requires the analysis of a forensic expert, and I work with you to ensure that your rights are protected. I will negotiate on your behalf toward settlement and a lump sum distribution in order to avoid court costs. If the parties are reasonable, it is best to avoid lengthy court disputes and either mediate or negotiate with counsel to resolve the issues.
Lump-Sum Settlements vs. Monthly Payments
Some parties prefer lump-sum settlements instead of monthly payments, and we look to those solutions as part of protecting your financial future. I will consult with you every step of the way so you understand these complex issues and can make informed decisions. The true value of the marital estate involves more than monthly income. I will ensure that a true and thorough evaluation is made from a review of all investments, retirement accounts, deferred compensation, and retirement accounts.
Alimony attorney Karen S. Brown focuses on providing her clients quality representation. She ensures that you are well informed about your case and emphasizes hands-on communication with you to strategize an effective approach to the issues. When recommended, she will access a knowledgeable database of professionals for you to engage as qualified experts to support your claims. Contact her office to schedule a conference.
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