Legal Question in Family Law in California

I have a friend whos considering divorce. Hes out of work right now but his wife has a really good job and makes a lot of money. They also own a home together. If they divorce, will she have to pay spousal support to him?

Asked on 7/11/12, 10:58 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Peter Tuann Law Office of Peter Tuann

Yes, tell your friend to go online to search for a dissomaster program which will allow him to input his income and her income to calculate spousal support. The same program will also calculate child support if they have children.

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Answered on 7/11/12, 11:04 am
Timothy McCormick Libris Solutions - Dispute Resolution Services

Mr. Tuann is not necessarily right. There are a great number of factors that go into calculating spousal support and whether it can be awarded and for how long. The Dissomaster only gives a guideline number, which is "mostly" binding on child support, but is purely a guideline for spousal support. Based on the facts you described, there is a decent likelihood he would be awarded some spousal support for some period of time, IF they have been married a while. But he can expect to be subject to a find-work order and limits on how long the support will last.

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Answered on 7/11/12, 3:10 pm

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