Child Support, Spousal Support and Alimony

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Adjusting to the changes brought on by divorce is already difficult. Support issues can be one of the most demanding.

  • First, you must endure the pain of a broken relationship,
  • then you fight for the financial support you need to care for your children,
  • then try to figure out how to support two households while maintaining a normal lifestyle.

When you cannot pay a mortgage and purchase necessities… your suffering increases at precisely the wrong time. These situations call for an experienced lawyer who can help you avoid further complications and get results wether you are paying too much or receiving too little support.

Are you concerned about the payment of your spousal and child support? Here are the facts.

  • Spousal support/Alimony – Payments made from one parent to the other for the support of their common child. The payments are usually made from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent.
  • Child support – Payments made to the custodial parent by the non-custodial parent for the support of their common child. These are determined using state guidelines that factor in the child’s time spent with each parent and the incomes of the parents.

Courts consider a number of factors when creating support orders, including:

  • The length of your marriage
  • You and your spouse’s ability to earn income
  • The time each of you spend with your children
  • Each party’s age and health, the needs of your children
  • The financial needs of each of you relating to your need or ability to pay support

We factor in all of the variables relevant to your situation to present a case that is most advantageous to you, regardless of whether you receive support or pay it.

What you can expect.

Barbara-Hammers-Business-Portrait-sq-100x“You can expect that every remedy available in the law and all variables will be carefully considered and applied to give you every advantage possible.”

-Barbara Hammers, Senior Litigation Partner


If you are divorcing now or may be in the near future, we can help ease your fears about excessive or inadequate spousal support and/or child support payments. We can also represent you if you wish to modify your preexisting support arrangement or if your former spouse has stopped support payments. Learn more about: Post judgement modifications

Contact us. Get a clear picture of your situation.

Get to know us better. If you have questions regarding spousal support, alimony and child support laws, call us for knowledgeable and experienced answers.

Call our Santa Monica office at (310) 458-0796. Located at Ocean Park and 28th Street.
Call our Costa Mesa/Newport office at (949) 631-2805. Located on Victoria near the 55.
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