Spousal Support

Spousal Support Lawyers in California​

One issue that may arise during a divorce proceeding is spousal support. Often called alimony, spousal support is a payment made to one spouse by the other in order to maintain his or her lifestyle and is frequently for a set period of time, allowing the party to regain their financial footing after the divorce. Spousal support is not awarded in all cases, but may be sought in any divorce proceeding.

At the office of Cristiano & Lillard, our attorneys have years of experience handling spousal support issues for clients in Temecula, Covina and throughout the surrounding areas. We take the time to review our clients’ situations and determine if seeking spousal support, or arguing against the awarding of spousal support (alimony), is in their interests. Contact us today for a free phone consultation to further discuss your spousal support options.

Just like with child support, we can seek a temporary award (pendente lite) for alimony pending a final divorce order.

​The spousal support amount that may be awarded is based on a variety of factors, including:
  • Income of the parties
  • Lifestyle maintained throughout the marriage
  • Age of the parties
  • Length of the marriage
  • Income earning potential of the parties
  • Monetary contribution to the marriage by each of the parties
  • Fault in the marriage
  • Violation of any prenuptial or premarital agreements
  • If the marriage is ending in a separation agreement rather than a divorce
A subsequent remarriage or other changed circumstance allows for a post-judgment modification. We also handle enforcement or contempt matters, when there are allegations that one spouse is refusing to make payments.

Contact us to speak with an attorney at our firm. We offer a free initial phone consultation and accept credit card payment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover. Payment options are also available.