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Santa Barbara Divorce Lawyers & Family Law Attorneys

Do you need divorce or family law advice? Are you having trouble in your marriage and need help understanding your legal rights and obligations with regard to your spouse, your children and your property?

If your answer to any of these questions is yes, you need to consult with a divorce attorney that will provide you with satisfaction in the form of results. Those results can include favorable settlements on marital property issues, child custody parenting plans, and spousal support determinations.

The Santa Barbara divorce lawyers at Kaspar & Lugay LLP have both the experience within the California family law system and the tenacity and financial know-how to deliver all of those results in your case.

You can contact our divorce & family law office by completing the form on this website or by calling us at 805-719-7841.

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Santa Barbara Spousal Support Attorney

Receiving or Paying Spousal Support or Alimony

Spousal support is not going to be automatically applied. Instead, one person will need to request it if they believe they should receive it. They can receive temporary or permanent spousal support and the potential amount will vary, depending on a few different factors.

Temporary support is spousal support provided through the divorce process, but it ends when the divorce is finalized. This gives the spouse with a lower income the chance to arrange their finances and prepare for the divorce. Permanent spousal support is a part of the finalized divorce and is paid for a period of time after the divorce is finalized. The amount is determined based on the amount each spouse makes as well as the standard of living they had during the marriage.

Your lawyer can discuss whether you should inquire about spousal support or help you if you believe your spouse will inquire about spousal support for them. They can explain the different types of spousal support, the chances of it being approved, and the potential amount that will need to be paid to you or your spouse, depending on who acquires the support.

Santa Barbara Child Custody Attorney & Visitation Lawyer

Determining Child Custody, Support, and Visitation

When a couple gets a divorce, they need to determine the custody, support, and visitation of the children involved. Most of the time, it’s a good idea for you and your spouse to determine a custody and visitation schedule that is beneficial for your children. If support is needed, it can be determined by you or your spouse, or through the courts.

  • Determining Child Custody – There are different kinds of child custody that can be arranged through the divorce. It’s possible for one parent to have all custody or for both parents to share custody. Custody helps determine the resolutions to questions about legal issues, medical issues, educational issues, and more.
  • Determining Child Support – Child support is ordered to ensure the child is taken care of. It’s typically ordered when one spouse makes more than the other or when one spouse does significantly more of the day-to-day care of the children. The amount of support can vary based on the income of both parents as well as the visitation schedule.
  • Determining Child Visitation – Visitation is the amount of time the children spend with both parents. Parents may split visitation equally or one parent may have more time with the children than the other. This may be because it’s easier for the children or because it helps them maintain their normal routine. The visitation schedule should be determined based on what’s better for the children.

All three of these issues are separate, but they all impact each other. Legal assistance is available if you have any questions about custody, support or visitation issues. Your lawyer will be able to help you determine what a good solution is for your situation and help you create a parenting plan with your spouse to minimize the impact on your children. If you need child support, your lawyer can help you obtain this as well. The goal here is to find a solution that’s right for your children and that considers their interests.