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Going through a family law case is agonizing emotionally, taxing financially, complicated, confusing, and expensive, regardless of whether you and your spouse are getting along or at each otherís throats, whether you have an attorney (or attorneys) or not, how much education you have, or how much money or how many children you have.
The Mysterious World of Spousal Support - Simple to apply? Not Always! by Dana Schutz, MA, LMFT and Irving Zaroff, JD, LMFT
Among the many issues to be resolved in a divorce, courts are endowed with the greatest discretion when it comes to spousal support. How does one decide if there should be support, how much is appropriate and how long should it last?
Evaluating Spousal Support by Rickard L.Borg, Esq.
Unlike child support, only vague guidelines are established in California for spousal support. Unfortunately, broad latitude is administered by judges with varying attitudes. Different results appear in cases with similar factual situations.
Unlike child support, only vague guidelines are established in California for spousal support. Unfortunately, broad latitude is administered by judges with varying attitudes.
No payment should either be made or taken in cash, since there will always be a disagreement later or about whether a payment was made. Such disagreements create unnecessary court hearings.

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The court may order a 30-day stay of dissolution of marriage proceedings when it appears that there is a reasonable possibility of reconciliation. This is up to the judge and is typically only exercised when one spouse comes forth and states that he or she would like to try to save the marriage through counseling.

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