Are all alimony awards in California permanent?
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Are all alimony awards in California permanent?

One major concern people going through a divorce often have is how they will support themselves once they are single. This may be especially true if one spouse earns significantly less than the other or if one spouse stayed out of the workforce altogether while married and is now facing the prospect of having to find a job. California law recognizes this, and thus has provisions regarding alimony, also known as “spousal support” in which one spouse will pay the other spouse a monthly sum after a divorce.

People in the San Diego area who are divorcing and are facing the prospect of paying or receiving alimony may wonder how long these payments will last. While permanent alimony in which alimony will be paid indefinitely until the receiving spouse dies or remarries may be an option in some circumstances, there are other types of alimony that may be awarded for a limited amount of time.

One of these types of alimony is temporary alimony. Temporary alimony is actually paid during the divorce process itself if the parties are separated and waiting for their divorce to be finalized.

Another type of alimony is rehabilitative alimony. This is paid for as long as it takes for the receiving spouse to become financially self-sufficient, and then it will end.

A third type of alimony is reimbursement alimony. This is paid in order to reimburse a spouse who paid for the job training or educational expenses of the other spouse.

Finally, there is lump-sum alimony. This is a one-time payment. Oftentimes lump sum alimony is awarded in lieu of a property settlement. Lump-sum alimony is paid even if the receiving spouse remarries or resides with another person.

Which type of alimony is awarded is heavily dependent on each spouse’s unique circumstances and there is no “one-size-fits-all” way to award alimony. This post is for educational purposes only, and it does not provide legal advice. Those who have questions about alimony in California will want to seek the advice needed to better understand this topic and how it affects them.


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