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San Diego Spousal Support Lawyer

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Spousal support, also known as alimony, is often an issue when one spouse earns significantly more money than the other. Spousal support may be ordered to help the lower-earning spouse become self-supporting.

At Embry Family Law P.C., our spousal support attorney in San Diego can answer your questions and guide you through the process. Whether you are seeking alimony or disputing the amount of alimony you are being asked to pay, we have your best interests at heart.

Please contact our firm at (619) 485-6476 to schedule a free consultation.

How Spousal Support Is Calculated

Alimony is not awarded in every situation but can be requested by either spouse. Courts have great discretion when awarding alimony and will consider numerous factors when calculating payments.

When establishing spousal support, the court may consider:

  • Earning capacity of each party
  • Duration of the marriage
  • Assets and financial obligations
  • Age and health of each spouse
  • Ability of supporting spouse to pay
  • Needs based on marital standard of living
  • Documented evidence of domestic violence
  • What the supported spouse would need to attain the skills required for gainful employment
  • The extent to which one spouse’s earning capacity was impaired because of long periods of unemployment that were devoted to raising children or completing domestic duties

Length of Alimony Awards

The length of the marriage is the primary factor in the length of time that a spouse will receive support. Spousal support is usually awarded for a certain amount of time in cases where the marriage lasted fewer than 10 years. When a marriage lasts more than 10 years, the court may award support for an indefinite period of time. In longer marriages, the burden of proof is often on the spouse paying alimony to show that spousal support is no longer necessary.

To discuss your spousal support concerns with our San Diego alimony attorney, call (619) 485-6476 today.

The Embry Family Law P.C. Team

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    Ben E. Embry

    Founding Attorney

    Ben was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky, and attended the University of Kentucky. He did not leave Kentucky until he moved to San Diego to attend law school in 2006. Ben grew up on his father’s farm, doing the things that most “farm boys” do: Plowing the fields, tending the cattle, and harvesting crops, all while leaving enough time to fish in the pond. Working for his father is what gave Ben the work ethic he has today. Despite the fact that farming was in his blood, Ben decided early on ...
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    Marie Manalo

    Intake Specialist

    For Marie, the best thing about working at Embry Family Law P.C. is that every day goes by so fast and no two days are ever the same. She loves being able to provide support to the amazing attorneys and colleagues she works with every day. She values and enjoys learning and growing from each person with whom she comes into contact. When she isn’t working, Marie likes to read and journal. She is also a fan of strength-training and dancing, as well as scary movies and good documentaries. You can ...
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    Nicholas Montano

    Legal Assistant

    Nicholas is a native San Diegan who grew up in Golden Hills, right by the 94 freeway. As the middle of three siblings, he was and is the “peace maker” in the family. At Embry Family Law P.C., Nicholas enjoys supporting clients by explaining the process to them, listening to their concerns, and assuring them that they are in good hands and that everything will be okay. Nicholas attended St. Augustine High School and Cuyamaca Community College, and he is working on his last semester to become ABA ...
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