At CMS, we understand that a divorce can be financially and emotionally devastating to your entire family, but it can be even harder if you don’t have the means to support yourself outside the marriage. To help level the playing field, our certified mediator will help you set aside your differences in order to reach a fair and equitable agreement about spousal support/alimony.
In order to reach this agreement, our certified mediator will help you look at a number of issues that can impact spousal support including:
- How long have you been married?
- Has one spouse been the primary homemaker?
- What is your standard of living?
- Does either spouse or the children have special needs?
- Does one spouse lack marketable skills or require time to acquire them?
- How has each spouse contributed to the other’s career or education?
- Can the supporting spouse afford to pay alimony?
- If a nonworking spouse seeks employment, will it harm the dependent children?
- What are each spouse’s assets and obligations once the divorce is final?
- How long should spousal support last?
- Are parties open to mediation?
In some cases, spousal support is only in effect for a set period of time in order to allow a spouse to obtain the skills necessary to support him or herself. However, in the case of long-term marriages, spousal support can be a more permanent award.
We offer a FREE consultation to help you decide if mediation is best for you. Contact us here or call us at 951-328-8400 today!