Unpaid Alimony During the Pandemic: Am I Entitled to Backpay?

COVID-19 took a substantial economic toll on many families. Critically, with so many people out of work during the pandemic, those who relied on the financial support of their former spouses may end up with unpaid alimony. The impact of the unexpected loss of income from alimony can create substantial hardship — if you were […]

How to End Spousal Support in California

Spouses ordered to pay spousal support are often understandably resentful of the court-ordered obligation. After all, a significant portion of their earnings is going to their ex-spouse. But are there ways to end spousal support? Below, we examine when and how to end spousal support in California, and what factors the court will consider. Is There a […]

Understanding How Temporary Spousal Support in California Works

Temporary spousal support is an order that comes during divorce proceedings and ends once divorce terms are agreed upon. California law allows the court to order a spouse to “pay any amount that is necessary” based on the supporting spouse’s income and the supported spouse’s needs. The goal is to maintain the standard of living both parties […]

How to Avoid Paying Alimony

In order to avoid alimony payments that are either too much or too long, you must be diligent before the court gives the order. We cannot stress enough that you should NEVER violate a court order or lie about your income to the court. This article will detail lawful, preventive measures for avoiding unreasonable alimony payments. […]

How Long Does Alimony Last?

The duration of alimony not only affects your financial planning, but your sense of financial security as well. After all, whether you’re the one paying alimony or the once that receives it, those payments will affect your expenses, income, and standard of living. How Long Does Alimony Last in Short Marriages? When deciding issues of divorce, […]

How Does Alimony Work?

If you and your spouse are currently facing a divorce, you may be ordered to make alimony payments. But how does alimony work? And how exactly is it determined? Find out below. How Does the Court Determine Who Pays What? Generally, the spouse that earns substantially more money is ordered to make alimony payments. These […]

How Can I Get a Spousal Support Modification in California?

Since life is unpredictable, there may come a time when you have to ask the court to modify a spousal support order. That is, you may need to request that the court reduce or even terminate the alimony you pay a former spouse. You may be wondering how to go about requesting spousal support modification. If […]

How Long Do You Have to Pay Alimony After Your Divorce?

One of the most commonly asked questions after a divorce judgement is: how long do you have to pay alimony? Alimony can be very expensive, and knowing when you can stop paying may give you something to look forward to. At the Law Offices of Rick D. Banks, we’ll be happy to answer your alimony questions and […]

How the Trump Tax Plan Will Affect Spousal Support Payments

Divorce is complicated enough. But add in the Trump tax plan, and it gets a little more complex. Previously, you could deduct spousal support payments on your federal income tax return. The receiver of spousal support also had to report these payments as taxable income. But now, effective January 1, 2019, the Trump tax plan will change […]

Alimony Lawyer Explains How to Calculate Your Spousal Support

If you or our spouse is seeking spousal support, you may wonder how spousal support is calculated and if there are any special challenges. A knowledgeable alimony lawyer can educate you on these issues. Calculating Temporary Alimony The purpose of temporary spousal support is to preserve, at the greatest extent possible, the couple’s financial status quo. […]