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Calculating Spousal Support

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.[1]

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Adult Child Support

Adult child support is often a contentious issue between the mother, father and adult child.  Under California law, parents are obligated to support their child until the child reaches 18 years old or 19 years old, if the child is still in high school.  What happens if the child is incapacitated?  Are parents legally obligated to support an incapacitated son or daughter once the child reaches the age of majority? 

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10.0Diana Pamela Zitser

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