It is not uncommon for one spouse to work outside of the home while the other raises the couple’s children and takes care of household concerns. If a one-income couple decides to end their marriage, the spouse, without an income, may suffer financial hardships while the divorce is pending. In such instances, the Courts will often enter orders granting temporary spousal support. As explained in a recent California ruling issued in a divorce case, there are no clear statutory standards governing temporary support calculations, and such calculations will not be disturbed absent an abuse of discretion. If you want to learn more about temporary spousal support obligations in the context of divorce, it is in your best interest to meet with a skilled San Diego divorce attorney as soon as possible.
The Factual and Procedural History of the Case
It is reported that the parties married in 1993 and separated in 2021. The husband filed a petition for dissolution in March 2021. Both parties worked as attorneys at the beginning of the marriage, but in 2003, the wife left the law practice to stay at home full-time. The husband worked for the United States Department of State and was regularly assigned to diplomatic positions abroad. When working in such positions, he was provided housing by the Department of State.
Allegedly, in July 2021, the wife moved for temporary spousal support in excess of the statutory guidelines. In support of her request, she asserted that the value of the husband’s housing should be imputed to him as income. The Court ordered the husband to pay temporary spousal support but declined to grant the wife’s request for enhanced support. The wife appealed.