A California resident recently wrote in to a local newspaper's advice column saying that he or she had heard "horror stories" about going through divorce in the state. The writer asked whether it was true that divorces in California are long, expensive and heart-wrenching by nature.
After coming to the realization that your marriage is no longer working, the next step is finding a family law attorney who can best meet your needs. Unfortunately, many people waste both time and money by not getting set up with the right divorce lawyer from the start.
In some divorce cases, a higher-earning spouse is ordered to pay spousal support, or alimony, to a lesser-earning spouse. The goal of spousal support is to help both parties maintain close to the same standard of living that was established during the marriage.
As any person who has been married could tell you, making a marriage work can be very difficult. And in some cases, it can be impossible. Spouses may try to get through their problems with counseling or a short separation; but many couples in California find that their relationship is beyond repair and they decide to file for divorce.