Getting divorced in California is a relatively complex process, particularly when your family has more assets than most. The more possessions like second homes, investment properties, stocks, bonds and retirement accounts you own, the more complex asset division becomes. In some cases, if the property, like a vacation home, belonged to one spouse before the marriage, it can easily remain the property of that individual. For most everything else, California is a community property state. All income and assets accrued during your marriage should be shared evenly between spouses.
Divorce can be a messy business, especially when it comes to property division and child custody issues. You've worked hard to accumulate your assets and the last thing you want is to watch a judge divide your property between you and your ex without any consideration of the personal importance of each piece of property.
Alternately referred to as "spousal support" or "maintenance", alimony is a form of financial support issued as payments made from one spouse to the other following their divorce.
Traditionally, spousal support has been something for ex-wives. Yet, the trajectory of the employment disparity between men and women has changed and it's becoming more and more likely that a man can receive alimony or spousal support from his ex-wife. It's critical that you consult a seasoned and capable divorce attorney in order to understand all of your options. But below are some contributing factors that may influence whether or not you would be eligible for alimony.