How Long Can Spousal Support Payments Last in California?

The purpose of spousal support is to help one spouse secure just payments from the other due to the change of life that divorce beings. For this reason, alimony payments are necessary for many divorce cases due to one party making most of the income. However, many spouses may be wondering how long can spousal support payments last in California? The Southern California family law attorneys at The Law Offices of William Edgar explain the details on how the court decides the amount of time a spouse needs to pay spousal support.

How Long are You Expected to Pay Spousal Support in California?

The general rule is that spousal support will last for half the length of a less than 10 years long marriage. However, if marriages are longer, the court will not set an alimony duration. The burden will be on the party who pays to prove that spousal support is not necessary at some point in the future. The court is the one who will decide how long a spouse is expected to pay spousal support by following certain general equitable principles and guidelines.

Other Factors that Influence Spousal Support

Time is not the only factor that plays a role in determining the length of alimony payments. Some factors outside of the length of the marriage that influences alimony payments include:

  • The death of a spouse
  • The spouse that receives alimony gets remarried
  • The spouse lives with another person for longer than 3 months
  • The spouse paying spousal support reaches “full retirement age.”

Contact Our Southern California Spousal Support Attorneys

The Southern California spousal support lawyers at the Law Office of H. William Edgar are dedicated to the practice of family law and spousal support matters. We have offices in Riverside, Temecula, Anaheim, and Palm Desert. Our legal team is committed to helping you obtain the best possible results for your case. Contact our firm today for your initial consultation at (888) 251-9618!