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Volume20
Year2012
TitleRetention of Jurisdiction over Alimony Issues
Author(s)Vijay Bal
First Page257
AbstractThe manner in which California courts retain jurisdiction over alimony awards leaves something to be desired due to the risk parties face in proceedings to modify these awards. My survey of reported decisions, however, leads me to conclude that despite the inherent risk in leaving alimony awards open-ended, California courts generally have exercised their retained jurisdiction in a manner that reduces risk by limiting the extent to which alimony awards can be modified. Consequently, despite the theoretical unpredictability of a California alimony award, the theoretical flexibility and actual consistency of those awards make the current system preferable to the alternatives.