Common Spousal Support Questions
If you are considering divorce in Santa Rosa, Ca, or anywhere in Sonoma County, you may well be wondering about the issue of spousal support or alimony. Here are many questions I hear every day: Am I entitled to get spousal support? How much alimony should I ask for? Does the judge always decide how much alimony is awarded in Sonoma County? Can we make our own agreement and avoid the Judge? Can a divorce lawyer in Santa Rosa tell me for certain how much I will get if we end up going to Court? Am I stupid to walk away from spousal support, because my friends and family say I am? How long can I get spousal support or alimony? Is spousal support always half the length of the marriage? I got a quick quote for spousal support from a lawyer over the phone, is that amount what I should be entitled to?
Spousal Support Information, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County
Do these questions sound familiar? They are so common to the issue of spousal support, and they show how much confusion and misinformation is out there. These questions also point to the fact that the business of family law is tending not to provide clear information to the public in general, or its clients in particular – mostly because too many family law attorneys have agendas other than educating their clients in such a way as to provide them with an accurate understanding of the issue in its entirety. Any honest answer about spousal support will always end in: “…….but there is no way to be certain of any outcome if we go to Court on the matter”. So can a family law lawyer ever say for certain what you would get in Court? Absolutely not. Can they make you believe in a certain number that sets your expectations to a place that may not be realistic? Absolutely yes. Do lawyers do that sometimes? In my opinion they do this too many times. The worst examples of this happen everyday. Someone calls a lawyer to get a “quick phone quote” for spousal support from some family law attorney in Sonoma County who shoots them a quick number without running a formal Dissomaster calculation with complete income and expense numbers to put into the consideration. These lawyers are literally throwing out a quick number to an unrepresented caller, based on one spouse’s general quotes of net income for both Parties and length of marriage! This practice in my opinion is beyond unethical, and it ought to be banned. To plant a seed of expectation to some anonymous caller facing divorce, without any formal representation or other key factors weighed into the considerations almost always accomplishes little more that creating a deeper conflict between the divorcing couple from now having unrealistic expectations about support numbers. Of course the lawyers giving these quotes hope the caller will retain them to make their quoted numbers come true. It is an unfortunate reality of today’s family law practices.
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