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When you file for divorce
, you have the ability to ask for support - both temporary spousal support
and child support
. As far as spousal support goes, what you would typically be entitled to is an amount that will help you meet your needs, for roughly half the length of the marriage
. The judge has a lot of discretion, but will make a decision based on the financial disclosures that the two of you file.
Child support is a little different. The amounts are actually set by the statutes. This site has a calculator that can help you determine how much you would likely get, based on your combined incomes, the number of children, and other factors. http://www.childsup.ca.gov/Resources/CalculateChildSupport.aspx
In addition, you are legally entitled to one-half of all property acquired during the marriage, no matter whose name is on it. That means half of the value of the house, any cars, any money in checking and savings account, certificates of deposit, 401(k)s, IRA accounts - and anything else that you acquired while you were married. These are all things that you'll be able to request in the Complaint. This site has all of the information you need, including forms:http://www.courts.ca.gov/1033.htm
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