“Supported Spouse’s Contribution” to Supporting Spouse’s Advancement


Justine Elgas


Faculty editor: Paul Horton
Publication: Contemporary Legal Issues
Volume: 22
Start Page: 139
Month: December
Year: 2015
Type: Article


California, a community property state, segregates the projects of its divorce courts with respect to alimony from those with respect to property division. In the absence of agreement between the divorcing parties, the court must divide the community property equally; the court has discretion in awarding alimony, almost always in response to request, after considering an extensive list of factors. One of those factors—the supported spouse’s contribution to the supporting spouse’s education or career —forms part of the solution to a specific problem about California’s community property system.