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Spousal Support for marriage of 48 1/2 years. Husbands income

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Spousal Support for marriage of 48 1/2 years. Husbands income $2500 Community Rental property monthly, $918.78 Pension Monthly, Social Security $1245 Monthly. Wife's income $536 monthly Social Security. Why did my lawyer only get me 400. monthly. my utilities alone come to $800. I have had to take loans from Parents, Sister, and now I am asking my 4 daughters to help me pay my bills.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Law Girl replied 9 years ago.

Thank you for your question.


The court is bound to consider 14 statutory factors in making a California spousal support order (Ca Fam § 4320(a)-(n)). But so long as the statutory factors are considered and weighed (as applicable in a given case), the ultimate decision--as to amount, duration and whether to retain spousal support jurisdiction--rests within the court's broad discretion.


Generally the amount of spousal support has no relation to your monthly expenses. If your attorney only got you $400 a month, ti is possible that after running the numbers that this is was the appropriate figure in light of the circumstances.


I am sorry. However, if you are displeased with your attorney, you can ask him why the amount is on $400 a month. You have the right to understand why this is the appropriate amount of spousal support for you circumstance.


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Customer: replied 9 years ago.
this was of no help whatsoever
Expert:  Law Girl replied 9 years ago.
I am sorry. What information can I provide that would be of more assistance?