Issues After Divorce: Alimony Payments and Disabled Spouse Benefits

Posted On July 12, 2012

Divorce papers can be filed in a number of ways: you can enlist the help of a divorce attorney, hire a Legal Document Assistant to help or file the papers on your own. Many people prefer to use the services of Legal Document Assistants or file the divorce papers on their own to save money. However, this is only an option if you and your spouse have already made a decision about child custody and distribution of property and are in agreement.

If you are divorcing your spouse, they may be eligible to certain benefits such as social security benefits, disability benefits and alimony, depending on the length of time that you have been together and your spouse’s age. There are cases when alimony payments can easily eliminate social security benefits.

The social security benefits are not actual property, but because they are received as a form of income they are normally targeted during divorce due to the fact that they are considered an asset that should be redistributed. Though the benefit may be for a single partner that may be having a disability, the other partner can still go for the funds even when they have no disability themselves.

If you are filing for legal separation you should also know about all the factors involved. There is a stark difference between being legally separated and a separation. The latter refers to you and your partner living separately for a while to cool down while, with the former, the courts will have to move in and a judge will declare the separation as being recognized by law even if you are still married.

Residents of California are a bit fortunate when it comes to issues of divorce and settlements after divorce because the state offers its residents California legal help. This means that if you live in California and want to divorce you can get help from the state offices about your legal rights through various agencies such as California file tax returns and state controller office among others.


Christina M. Hernandez is the Director and Owner of Attorney Assisted California Centers in Orange, CA . Attorney Assisted is a leading paralegal service provider in Orange County, preparing and filing all legal documents. Also known as Legal Document Assistants, they are a more affordable alternative than going through lawyers for the same notary services. We also offer full divorce services, handling all divorce papers and guiding clients through the entire process out of court. Join me at Google+.

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