Spousal support may be paid to one party while the couple is separated but before an order is adjudicated by the court, or otherwise a pendente lite order may be granted after the divorce is filed. After the divorce is finalized and the assets have been divided, the court may decide to grant alimony for support and maintenance.

The financial circumstances of each party are the most important factors in determining alimony.

The court considers many economic and non-economic factors, including:

Modification of spousal support and alimony in California