In California, family courts have the authority to award alimony — legally termed as spousal support. Unlike child support, the amount of spousal support is not determined by using a formula. The court may choose to award spousal support based on various factors, such as the length of marriage, the employment status of the parties, the size of the estate to be divided, the age and health of the spouses, and income and earning capacity of the spouses. The court is only permitted to award spousal support for an amount necessary for the receiving spouse to live at the marital standard of living.
If you are in the process of terminating your marriage, you may be able to obtain temporary spousal support. Temporary spousal support is intended to maintain the status quo of marital living conditions as close as possible until a final division of marital estate.