Mediation of family law disputes is becoming increasingly popular in California as couples look for alternatives to court proceedings to resolve potentially contentious issues. While many spouses hope to work out mutually acceptable arrangements to deal with such matters as child custody and visitation, property division and spousal support, amicable agreements often remain elusive. If you are looking for a way to resolve these matters without the uncertainty and expense of a court case, mediation may be a strategy worth considering.
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.