"Spousal support" is the term for alimony in California. It is money that one spouse pays to help support the other after a divorce has been filed. It can be temporary until the divorce is final or it can be long term after the divorce judgment is filed and the case is over.
In most cases, the spouse receiving support pays federal and state income taxes on it. The spouse paying support is entitled to a tax deduction.
The amount of spousal support payable is based on factors such as the length of the marriage; the marital standard of living; and the age, health, education, and work histories of both parties.
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