Understanding the Ten Year Rule

Many people may be under the misconception that if you have been married for 10 years in California, one spouse will, or could, be granted permanent alimony in a divorce. Unfortunately for some, and fortunately for others, there is no specific 10 year rule.

Under California law, a marriage of "long duration" allows the court to "retain jurisdiction" indefinitely, unless the parties agree otherwise. This does not mean that any order of alimony imposed will be of indefinite duration. It only means that the court keeps jurisdiction over the case to continue making determinations about matters brought before the court by either of the parties. The law grants the court continued jurisdiction in divorce cases where the marriage was over 10 years of duration.

Alimony Lawyer in Thousand Oaks

At Richard Ross Associates, we have been representing parties in divorce cases for more than 30 years. Attorney Richard Ross is a Board Certified Specialist in Family Law, one of a very small percentage of the attorneys in the area.

If you have any questions about long term alimony and the rules pertaining to alimony, please contact us for an initial evaluation of your situation. We will personally meet with you in the privacy of our offices for a confidential assessment of your case, and determine the best legal options available to you moving forward in your situation.

Unique Solutions to Each Client's Case

There are no cookie-cutter solutions to divorce or alimony matters. Each case is distinctly unique. This is why we always encourage parties going through a divorce to seek the counsel of a qualified, experienced family law attorney before agreeing to any settlement or court order imposing alimony or support obligations.

Take the time to visit our testimonial page and see for yourself why we are considered one of the most professional divorce law firms in the Thousand Oaks and Westlake Village communities. We look forward to speaking with you. Call us now.

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