Spousal or Partner Support – What is it?
In California, when two people separate or divorce, the law tries to ensure that each former spouse or partner has a just and reasonable amount of money to live on. The amount considered “just and reasonable” is based on many different factors including:
Often, the former spouses or partners can agree on the amount of money for support that they both think is fairly reasonable. However, if they cannot agree, the court may be requested to order one former spouse or partner to pay the other an amount for a period of time that the court determines is just and reasonable.
If the two people were married, this is called "spousal support" (alimony). If the two people were in a registered domestic partnership, this is called "partner support."
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