California’s Needs Factor for an Alimony Award


Roman Ybarra


Faculty editor: Paul Horton
Publication: Contemporary Legal Issues
Volume: 22
Start Page: 199
Month: December
Year: 2015
Type: Article


One might guess that the probative needs of the divorcing spouses—what each of them actually requires to live alone after having lived together —would occupy the foremost place among the multitude of factors California’s divorce courts must consider in awarding permanent alimony. Perhaps so. More often than not, however, “needs” in the appellate decisions seems to be little more than a euphemism for the quality of life the recipient spouse enjoyed during marriage.