A divorce is the legal ending of a marriage. Every state has different requirements in terms of how to complete a divorce, but all require a judge to review and approve the divorce settlement or, if the spouses can't agree to a settlement, decide how property will be divided and how parenting time will be shared.
Whether you live in a minimalist apartment and get around on public transit, or own a big house with a two-car garage, you and your spouse probably own a significant amount of property, and if you're like most people, you have debts as well.
Alimony, spousal support, and maintenance are all words for the same thing: one spouse paying support to the other after a divorce. It's designed to help a lower-earning spouse--or a spouse who's been out of the workforce entirely while raising children or taking care of the household--to get through the divorce process and transition into being self-supporting.
California Family Law Rules and Resources
Looking for California’s rules on marriage, divorce, child custody, and child support? Want to find California’s state court forms and instructions and local court websites? Here’s where to start.