9. How does the Court decide how much to award for spousal support?

For temporary spousal support orders, the Court will consider each party’s income or ability to earn, health insurance payments, mandatory retirement payments, and other applicable deductions. The Court may utilize the “Dissomaster” program to make a determination for temporary spousal support.

For permanent spousal support orders, the Court cannot rely solely on the Dissomaster program. The Court must consider the factors set forth in Family Code Section 4320 in making its order.

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