Spousal Support Orders
California Spousal Support Orders are orders granted to one party involved in a legal action. When a couple legally separates or divorces, the court may order one spouse or domestic partner to pay the other a certain amount of support money each month. This is called “spousal support” for married couples and “partner support” in domestic partnerships. It is sometimes also called “alimony.”
Payments of Spousal Support Orders
After you get a spousal or partner support court orders, your former spouse or domestic partner must start making support payments to you. The court order will include a start date for the spousal or partner support.
In every case ordering spousal or partner support, the court will order that an earnings assignment (also called “wage garnishment”) be issued and served. The earnings assignment tells the employer of the person ordered to pay support to take the support payments out that person’s wages.
Spousal Support Orders Form
The following is the form is used in by California Family Law Courts, in all counties, by those seeking spousal support orders.
File Download (PDF File): fl343 – spousal or family support order
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