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Alimony, or spousal support, is designed for support of a spouse on a temporary or permanent basis for either spouses who legally separate or divorce. Temporary spousal support, when used in San Diego Superior Court, means pre judgement. Permanent spousal support means post judgment. Judgment refers to the entry of judgment for either a legal separation or divorce. There are different standards and formulas for calculation of both permanent and temporary alimony. These differences are discussed below. First, however, there must be an initial spousal support order which needs to be changed [or modified]. Duration is also an issue for spousal support orders. In San Diego, if a marriage is less than ten years in length from date of marriage to date of separation, then the Judge will [normally] terminate the spousal support duration after one half of the length of the marriage. If the marriage is over ten years, then the Judge does not have the ability to set a termination date as of the date of judgment. This does not mean that the spousal support goes on forever but means a motion to modify the alimony amount or to terminate spousal support must be brought after the entry of judgment.Spousal Support Modification for Temporary Orders
Temporary spousal support [pre judgment] is calculated using a computer program called the disso master. The Judges in the San Diego Superior Court have the option of using the disso master for modification of temporary spousal support orders or can use the permanent factors discussed in Family Law Code Section 4320 which are discussed in more detail below. The disso master uses the following factors and the Judge also has the ability to deviate from the guidelines for a number which is higher or lower. Spousal support calculations from the disso master contain the following factors however this is not a complete list:
Permanent spousal support [post judgment] is calculated using the factors in Family Law Code Section 4320. The Judge, as with temporary spousal support, has discretion in the amount. Some factors are listed below but there are others:
The law firm of Doppelt and Forney, APLC can help you with legal representation in modification of spousal support motions and has experience representing both payors and payees of spousal support. The law firm offers a free 30 minute virtual consultation in their office so you can discuss your legal matter in confidence and at no charge. Feel free to set your consultation on your case.