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Family law: California residents may have alimony concerns

Many California residents may consider alimony to be an antiquated system. However, spousal support continues to be awarded in many of the divorce cases across the country. Therefore, if individuals are concerned with how that aspect of their cases could turn out, they may wish to speak with family law attorneys to find out potential outcomes and options. 

One man in another state was recently affected by his spousal support situation. Reports indicated that the man had fallen behind on his child support and alimony, and as a result, he was sentenced to two years in jail. The ruling came from his being behind $250,000. The man had apparently been given the option to pay $100,000 in order to avoid jail time, but he was presumably unable to do so.

The report also stated that the awarded support totaled over $31,000 a year. However, the man's job as a forklift driver allowed him to earn less than $30,000. It was unclear what factors may have played into the decision for the alimony amount awarded, but these factors may vary from area to area and case to case. 

If California residents hope to avoid this type of predicament, they may want to determine whether they could negotiate their spousal support terms in an effective manner. Some individuals may be able to come to agreements without the court intervening, but if not, preparation for litigation may be prudent. Consulting with experienced family law attorneys could help concerned and interested individuals determine the best paths for their cases.

Source:, "Brittingham: Should we re-think alimony?", Sam Brittingham, Nov. 20, 2016

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