Cohabitation with Another Person and Its Impact on Spousal Support

The supported party’s cohabitation with a person of the opposite sex gives rise to a rebuttable presumption affecting the burden of proof of decreased need for spousal support. FC § 4323(a)(1). It has no impact on child support obligations, however. FC § 4323 states: (a)(1) Except as otherwise agreed to by the parties in writing, […]

Abusive Spouses May Lose Their Right to Receive Spousal Support

Family Code section 4325 permits a judge to deny a spousal support award to an abusive spouse. A recent appellate court case addressing the issue determined that this rule also apples to an abusive spouse who pleads no contest in a criminal case. The case in question In re Marriage of Priem [full text] (3/13/13) […]