Temecula Alimony Lawyer
The term “alimony” is synonymous with “spousal support”. In California, the Family Code uses the term “Spousal Support” and “Support” rather than the term “alimony”. Many people refer to spousal support as alimony regardless of the fact that the California legislature does not refer to it that way. In many other jurisdictions, support for a marital partner is referred to by the state legislature as alimony. This is important in some cases, as some individuals choose to register their out of state divorce decree in California, and that decree may refer to “alimony” as opposed to “spousal support”. The Court in California will treat it the same.
The term alimony is defined in the dictionary as, “
Unfortunately, the law.com dictionary’s version of the definition of “alimony” isn’t quite accurate. California family judges are not allowed to discriminate between sexes, and therefore a woman does not have to be “wealthy” to be ordered to pay alimony. Otherwise, the Law.com definition is accurate.
What is Palimony?
The term “palimony” refers to partner support. Because domestic partners and same-sex marital couples are treated the same under California law, the same statutes that apply to opposite-sex couples apply. Thus, there is no separate “palimony” statute. Unmarried partners or partners that have not designated as registered domestic partners are not entitled to alimony under almost every circumstance. There are several rare methods for unwed partners to seek support, which are through a Marvin action and under a “putative spouse” theory where one partner believed the couple was validly married but they are not.
Can Men (Husbands and Fathers) Receive Alimony in California?
Yes. Men have equal rights to women in California and the Courts are not allowed to discriminate between sexes. Nowadays, there are lots of men that stay home to raise families and the female is the breadwinner. We have represented lots of husbands that seek and receive alimony from their wife or partner.
Detailed Alimony Guide
For a detailed guide to alimony, which we refer to as spousal support, please click on this page. Many commonly posed questions are answered on this page. For more information about alimony, call or email our office today.