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Ways to ensure you get your alimony

Top divorce attorneys in Orange County; The Maggio Law FirmThere are various ways to help you in getting your alimony. In fact, this process can be faster when you are aware where and who should you go to for help and are knowledgeable about what your exact rights are.

How to get your alimony initially?

If you are requesting for alimony in the court, it actually means that you are indirectly saying that you require financial help on a monthly basis as an outcome of your marriage’s economic status. Now, this further signifies that if your spouse was the only earning member of the family or even though you did earn some money, it is not adequate to meet your financial needs, a request or petition for alimony is considered as a reasonable one. But whether you are eventually awarded alimony out of a divorce agreement will depend on various factors like the state’s laws where you reside. Usually, following are some of the ways which can help you getting your alimony.

  • You need to provide evidence that the income of your spouse exceeded much more than that of yours throughout the years when you both remained married.
  • You need to show that due to a certain inability you are unable to obtain work that could have otherwise covered your expenses.
  • Make it clear to your judge in case your living conditions or financial standing will be negatively and significantly changed if you are not awarded the alimony.

In most of the scenarios, the judge has the discretion to take a decision on if you should be awarded or not awarded alimony after your divorce comes through. In order to increase the possibility of you being awarded the alimony, it is crucial to prove how badly you require the money. Another important thing that you have to ensure is that the agreement on alimony is available in writing.  This will be helpful for you later in case you have to establish that such an agreement was made.

As an added measure you can also make your spouse understand that he or she will be benefiting with potential tax benefits while paying alimony to you. This is all that you can do for convincing your spouse that paying alimony us not a bad idea.

Will your alimony payments keep coming?

Though the judge in a court ordered in favor of you for your spouse to pay the alimony, it does not mean it is meant to be your permanent source of income. This is because the divorce agreements may be reviewed at the request of either of the spouses and even be revised by the court at times. It also means that there could be an end to your alimony payments in case the spouse who is paying it can establish that such monthly payments are not needed anymore.

Getting divorced in California can be complicated.  Download our free eBook, 18 Important Things to Know About California Divorce to educate yourself on the process.  

divorce_attorneyGerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law attorney and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.

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