If you’ve just started researching California spousal support basics (or, if you need a refresher), this article will get you started in the right direction. However, if you need specific advice about your individual situation, it’s likely in your best interests to consult with a qualified family law attorney. In the meantime, it will help you to know…
Spousal Support is NOT Automatic
In California, spousal support is not automatic. If you need it, you must ask for it.
After you file your petition for dissolution (initial divorce papers), file your request for temporary spousal support immediately. If you don’t, you may miss out on several months of payments.
In addition, when you consult with your family law attorney, be sure to let him or her know if you want to explore permanent spousal support.