Spousal support, or alimony, often causes a significant amount of angst, stress and anger between divorcing couples. Unless a compromise can be reached, the issues of the amount and duration of support often result in highly contested court battles which Ms. Meinhardt is exceedingly proficient at navigating.
Spousal support is intended to help an economically disadvantaged spouse continue to enjoy a similar standard of living after the marriage ends. In most cases, the spouse who earns a higher income is ordered to pay spousal support to the other spouse, regardless of gender. California allows a great deal of judicial discretion in this area. Ms. Meinhardt has a comprehensive understanding of the factors that affect the support a client receives or pays.
A determination of income available for spousal support, especially from self-employed individuals, often requires intense and extensive discovery. To ascertain accurate income information, subpoenas for bank records, credit card records, loan applications, and business records are commonly propounded. Ms. Meinhardt frequently works with forensic accountants and experts in to obtain a precise representation of income available for support.
Ms. Meinhardt strives to achieve the best possible results for her clients, whether it is vigorously pursuing the highest possible support award or minimizing the amount and duration of support.