The Role of the “Self-Support Goal” in Awarding and Modifying Alimony


Rosanne Golob


Faculty editor: Paul Horton
Publication: Contemporary Legal Issues
Volume: 22
Start Page: 348
Month: December
Year: 2015
Type: Article


California’s self-support goal is expressed awkwardly in two of the many alimony provisions of its Family Code. In the era of no-fault divorce, these two provisions reflect an uneasy truce between two extreme caricatures. At one extreme we encounter the alimony drone; at the other, the displaced homemaker. The Legislature’s attempt to placate both camps of caricaturists —while assuring the divorce courts that nothing is really being taken away from their discretion to determine their alimony awards on a case-by-case basis—reminds us of the tale explaining why the miller and his son ended up carrying their donkey.