Hello again, I had asked this question and an out-of-state attorney answered it, but I am thinking the information he supplied was not accurate for California. Would you kindly take a look at my questions and his replies and provide any info that you see as inaccurate?
My question was about filing for alimony
and if I could get it once a case number XXXXX been assigned. He made a comment about stretching it out for 2 years if I didnt respond, but I thought that in CA you only have 30 days in which you have to respond, so I am confused. He answered the following:
You can file for support without filing for divorce
. In my experience as a Family Law
attorney in PA, it is always more beneficial if the dependent spouse doesn't file the divorce and the bread-winning spouse does. Not filing for divorce gives the dependent spouse more time to collect alimony pendente lite (alimony during litigation) to level the playing field. In Pennsylvania, not filing allows you to collect longer because you can refuse to execute the paperwork and collect for up to 2 years rather than 90 days. Spousal support
is a right in most states. You can file for it if you are living separate and apart and are the dependent spouse.
From what I understand about CA divorces, you do not need to respond to the divorce within 30 days, but you will need to accept service or be served.