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Tag Archives: alimony laws

Words Matter; Wife Loses Family Law Appeal

By Andy Cook |

What does a “bonus” mean? The answer to that question ended up costing a woman nearly $500,000.00 in spousal support. This issue arises from the case of Marriage of Minkin, a case decided recently by Division Three of the California Court of Appeal’s Fourth Appellate District. In 2004, Wife (“Patricia”) and Husband (“Robert”) agreed… Read More »

Life, Death, Spousal Support, and Insurance

By Andy Cook |

If there’s one thing we know for sure about spousal support, also known as alimony, it’s that it ends with the death of either party. That’s why Family Code section 4360 exists. It provides that a court making a spousal support order “may include an amount sufficient to purchase an annuity for the supported spouse… Read More »

Does Spousal Support Recipient Have to Work?

By Andy Cook |

How long does spousal support (i.e., alimony) last? That’s a question I get a lot. And the answer is it could be a long time, especially if the marriage has been for over ten years. The law in other places may be different, but in California, a marriage that has lasted over ten years… Read More »

New Jersey Ends “Permanent” Alimony: Could California be Next?

By Andy Cook |

This summer the state of New Jersey made a significant change to the state’s alimony laws. For decades, alimony in New Jersey was apparently typically granted as a matter of course in a divorce on a permanent basis, under the theory that marriage is a contract, and a spouse is entitled to alimony when… Read More »

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