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Spousal Support and Marital Standard of Living

What is spousal support or alimony?
Spousal support or alimony is the amount of support money that the court orders one spouse to pay another spouse each month after the marriage has ended. California courts call these payments spousal support, rather than the commonly used word of alimony (although they are the same thing). The purpose of these support payments are so that the support-receiving spouse can maintain the same standard of living that both spouses were accustomed to during the marriage.

Move-Aways

What is a move-away?
This occurs when a parent that has joint or sole custody of the child decides to move to a location that is far enough way to disrupt the current custody arrangement. Often times this results when a parents wants to move the child out of the County that they current reside in. If this happens, and a custody order will be disrupted, the parents will need new custody and visitation orders. The goal, however, is to create an arrangement that will be best for the children and allow them to have a continuing relationship with both parents. The court in these types of cases will not determine whether a parent can move away, but whether a child may move with that parent.

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