Learn about California family laws governing divorce, child support & custody, alimony and more.
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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.
Getting divorced is challenging in many ways, not the least of which is trying to find your way around the legal process.
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.
For divorcing parents, issues of custody are front and center.
In general, the primary factors the court will consider are how much each parent earns and how much time each parent spends with the children.
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.
Family Laws in California