According to news reports, Clint Eastwood’s wife of 17 years, Dina Eastwood, has filed for divorce. Ms. Eastwood is seeking spousal support and full custody of their 16 year old daughter.
If you or someone you know is going through the divorce process, you have probably heard discussions about spousal support. The purpose of spousal support is to provide an ex-spouse with an income for basic needs and to maintain the marital standard of living. When calculating spousal support, the court considers many factors, some of which include: (1) the earning capacity of each party and its relationship to the standard of living established during the marriage; (2) the extent to which the supported party contributed to the attainment of education, career training, and licenses of the supporting party; (3) the ability of the supporting party to pay such spousal support; (4) the obligations and assets of each party; (5) the duration of the marriage; (6) the age and health of the parties; and (7) the balance of hardships on each party.
You may have seen a May issue of Time magazine that had an article on alimony, which is called spousal support in California. The article details the growing movements challenging permanent spousal support, the kind that is paid until a spouse dies or the recipient remarries.
There are two sides to this issue. Those in favor of spousal support say the payments are justified because those spouses who may have stayed at home for many years gave up time not pursuing a career, not building marketable skills and not networking. According to the article, on the other side are a growing number of second wives who are seeking spousal support reform, claiming that their husbands may not be able to pay their spousal support.