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How are spousal and partner support calculated?

Temporary support is paid while a divorce case is pending and is generally calculated according to a formula. California courts have a wide degree of latitude in determining a fair amount for long-term support. Long-term support is based on a number of factors that are set forth in Family Code Section 4320, including the length of the marriage or domestic partnership, the marital standard of living, the financial needs of each person, the earnings of each party (and the earning abilities of the parties), what each person pays or can pay, the age of the individuals, and the assets and debts of each person.