Choosing To Mediate Your Divorce: Taking a Deeper Look at Spousal Support and Child Support Law in California
(Four minute reading time)
Every state has a different approach to spousal and child support. This points out to us, like a big neon sign, that what happens around support orders in California Family Courts is not necessarily what’s fair or just or a best possible outcome. It’s closer to being, “Just what we do.” For instance, in Texas, spousal support—also called alimony—is only awarded in cases where the people have been married for ten years or more; prior to that ten year mark, a lower income wage earner is SOL in a Texas Family Court, no matter the circumstances (and I can’t help but mention another huge difference in comparison to California: Texas Family Courts are not supposed to make any alimony order for longer than three years unless the lower income wage earner is disabled or practically disabled). As to child support, in Oregon, parties, attorneys, and judges use a handy-dandy free online calculator which factors gross income mixed with the child-share percentage, medical insurance costs, childcare costs, and viola, you have your support amount; they deftly avoid the quagmire of complexity in California due to its emphasis on net income and a multitude of further factors.
So when you […]