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Definition: Alimony
Definition: Alimony
Roseville Family Law Legal Glossary

Family Law Glossary: Alimony

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Alimony in Placer County is a sum of money a higher-earning spouse typically pays to the lower earning spouse every month for a certain amount of time. Typically, the purpose of alimony is to help the lower-income spouse weather the divorce financially and to provide necessary income for payment of living expenses. Judges have discretion about whether to award alimony, how much to award each month, and for how long. For post-judgment support, a judge will use the factors in Section 4320 of the Family Code when setting alimony, such as the duration of marriage and the standard of living, as well as each spouse’s possible earning power going forward. Alimony is now called “spousal support” in California.


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