Spousal support can also be referred to as “alimony” that is paid by the former spouse to the other person after they are separated or divorced. The main logic behind this concept is to minimize the financial effects of this separation or divorce on the lower income earning spouse and enabling them in leading a respectful life at par with their earlier married life.
1. Strategize – It is advised to first sit and analyze your current situation and expectations. Your financial situation will be under a scanner in this step. You will be asked to fill your income and other household income details in a financial affidavit. Avoid making any mistakes as this can bring you under the legal scanner.
2. ConsiderTiming – Though the affidavit might require the current financial statistics, it is better to consider finances of your last 12 months before filing for divorce.
3. Documentation – It is the most complicated and crucial part of this process. Be prepared as the list of documents required here will be quite long. Refer to your affidavit, and gather all the documents at the earliest, and be prepared with their copies as well.
Tips for the Documentation Process
1. Bank Statement – You will be required to submit your latest and active bank account details, and the copies of their respective original checkbooks.
2. Credit Card Statement – If you can manage to get the year-end summary statement of your credit card, that would be an added advantage for you.
3. insurance documents – It is quite difficult to identify the medical expenses which are not included in your insurance policy. Hence, plan your insurance well.
4. Tax Returns – This is required to showcase the taxable income of your last financial year. This is a crucial document and can have an impact on the overall case.
5. Cash Spending – This can be a bit tough, but you can utilize your bank statements to ascertain your actual amount of cash spending. Apart from this, any cash or gift cards are also required to be mentioned here.
The Bottom Line
Though going through the procedure of a legal separation or divorce can prove to be emotionally draining, yet, in order to have an amicable one, it is imperative to prepare your case in advance. Feel free to call us at Ukiah Family Law at 707-542-5611 for trustworthy and experienced assistance.