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Family Law Code 4320


A California Superior Court judge will look at all the factors contained in California family law code section 4320 in deermining the amount of spousal support or partner support to award one of the parties in a California divorce matter. Of course, it is wise and purdent to have retained an experinced California family law attorney to prepare the motion and argument in these types of matters. We have included the complete California statute section for your review below;

4320.  In ordering spousal support under this part, the court shall
consider all of the following circumstances:
   (a) The extent to which the earning capacity of each party is
sufficient to maintain the standard of living established during the
marriage, taking into account all of the following:
   (1) The marketable skills of the supported party; the job market
for those skills; the time and expenses required for the supported
party to acquire the appropriate education or training to develop
those skills; and the possible need for retraining or education to
acquire other, more marketable skills or employment.
   (2) The extent to which the supported party's present or future
earning capacity is impaired by periods of unemployment that were
incurred during the marriage to permit the supported party to devote
time to domestic duties.
   (b) The extent to which the supported party contributed to the
attainment of an education, training, a career position, or a license
by the supporting party.
   (c) The ability of the supporting party to pay spousal support,
taking into account the supporting party's earning capacity, earned
and unearned income, assets, and standard of living.
   (d) The needs of each party based on the standard of living
established during the marriage.
   (e) The obligations and assets, including the separate property,
of each party.
   (f) The duration of the marriage.
   (g) The ability of the supported party to engage in gainful
employment without unduly interfering with the interests of dependent
children in the custody of the party.
   (h) The age and health of the parties.
   (i) Documented evidence, including a plea of nolo contendere, of
any history of domestic violence, as defined in Section 6211, between
the parties or perpetrated by either party against either party's
child, including, but not limited to, consideration of emotional
distress resulting from domestic violence perpetrated against the
supported party by the supporting party, and consideration of any
history of violence against the supporting party by the supported
   (j) The immediate and specific tax consequences to each party.
   (k) The balance of the hardships to each party.
   (l) The goal that the supported party shall be self-supporting
within a reasonable period of time. Except in the case of a marriage
of long duration as described in Section 4336, a "reasonable period
of time" for purposes of this section generally shall be one-half the
length of the marriage. However, nothing in this section is intended
to limit the court's discretion to order support for a greater or
lesser length of time, based on any of the other factors listed in
this section, Section 4336, and the circumstances of the parties.
   (m) The criminal conviction of an abusive spouse shall be
considered in making a reduction or elimination of a spousal support
award in accordance with Section 4324.5 or 4325.
   (n) Any other factors the court determines are just and equitable.