CALIFORNIA FAMILY CODE
THE FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED IN ORDERING SPOUSAL SUPPORT
Family Code Section 4320
In ordering spousal support under this part, the court shall consider all
of the following circumstances:
(a) The extent to which the earning capacity of each party is sufficient
to maintain the standard of living established during the marriage, taking
into account all of the following:
(1) The marketable skills of the supported party; the job market for those
skills; the time and expenses required for the supported party to acquire
the appropriate education or training to develop those skills; and the
possible need for retraining or education to acquire other, more marketable
skills or employment.
(2) The extent to which the supported party's present or future earning
capacity is impaired by periods of unemployment that were incurred during
the marriage to permit the supported party to devote time to domestic duties.
(b) The extent to which the supported party contributed to the attainment
of an education, training, a career position, or a license by the supporting party.
(c) The ability of the supporting party to pay spousal support, taking
into account the supporting party's earning capacity, earned and unearned
income, assets, and standard of living.
(d) The needs of each party based on the standard of living established
during the marriage.
(e) The obligations and assets, including the separate property, of each party.
(f) The duration of the marriage.
(g) The ability of the supported party to engage in gainful employment
without unduly interfering with the interests of dependent children in
the custody of the party.
(h) The age and health of the parties.
(i) All documented evidence of any history of domestic violence, as defined
in Section 6211, between the parties or perpetrated by either party against
either party's child, including, but not limited to, consideration of:
(1) A plea of nolo contendere.
(2) Emotional distress resulting from domestic violence perpetrated against
the supported party by the supporting party.
(3) Any history of violence against the supporting party by the supported party.
(4) Issuance of a protective order after a hearing pursuant to Section 6340.
(5) A finding by a court during the pendency of a divorce, separation,
or child custody proceeding, or other proceeding under Division 10 (commencing
with Section 6200), that the spouse has committed domestic violence.
(j) The immediate and specific tax consequences to each party.
(k) The balance of the hardships to each party.
(l) The goal that the supported party shall be self-supporting within a
reasonable period of time. Except in the case of a marriage of long duration
as described in Section
4336, a "reasonable period of time" for purposes of this section
generally shall be one-half the length of the marriage. However, nothing
in this section is intended to limit the court's discretion to order
support for a greater or lesser length of time, based on any of the other
factors listed in this section, Section
4336, and the circumstances of the parties.
(m) The criminal conviction of an abusive spouse shall be considered in
making a reduction or elimination of a spousal support award in accordance
(n) Any other factors the court determines are just and equitable.