Can I Ask For Spousal Support During a Divorce?
Many spouses, especially women, resist starting divorce proceedings, because they don’t know how they’ll find the money to survive during the divorce. They may expect to receive spousal support (also known as alimony) in the end, but how can they stay financially afloat in the meantime? This is especially crucial if one spouse is a stay-at-home spouse or stay-at-home parent and the earning spouse holds all of the family’s purse strings. (When one spouse dominates the other by controlling all of the money, this can be considered a form of domestic abuse!)
Fortunately, it is possible to begin receiving spousal support during your divorce proceedings. You will need to request spousal support from a judge, and the judge will have to agree with your request. You will need to make the case for why you need spousal support, but if you are successful, you won’t have to wait the months or even years it might take until your divorce is settled to begin receiving money.
It is best to try to save up money that your spouse cannot touch before you start divorce proceedings and to work with a knowledgeable divorce attorney who can help you make your case for spousal support to a judge. If you live in Temecula, contact the attorneys at Albrecht & Albrecht to schedule a consultation.