Believing that the need for alimony is outdated, a recently divorced California software consultant has received permission from the California Secretary of State to secure signatures for his petition to have alimony elimination included on the 2016 state ballot. He must obtain signatures totaling at least 5 percent of the number of voters in the 2014 gubernatorial election. The number of valid signatures needed is 365,880, and they must be from registered voters.
Spousal or partner support refers to payments that one party makes to the other when a couple separates or divorces. One party can apply for this support as part of divorce, annulment or legal separation proceedings, or the party could apply as part of a restraining order connected with domestic violence. The court may grant a temporary support order that will last until the court date, when they could issue a long-term order after considering all of the facts in the case.
California residents who are paying spousal or partner support after a divorce might need to modify or end a spousal support order if circumstances change. There are a variety of reasons for deciding to modify or end a spousal support order, and it is recommended that the changes be made as soon as possible, as judges are not allowed to date the order retroactively when they sign it.
When going through a divorce, some couples will do anything to just get it over with. No one wants it to be a long, drawn out process, but speeding through a divorce -- particularly when working on asset division -- can create financial issues after the fact. Couples in California who are working through a divorce may want to consider the long-term consequences of the terms of their property division before agreeing to it.