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Abandonment of Spouse


A person who is able to support his or her spouse, but who unjustifiably and “willfully abandons and leaves his or her spouse in a destitute condition, or who refuses or neglects to provide such spouse with necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical attendance” is guilty of a misdemeanor. Pen C Section 270(a).

A supporting spouse who has notice of a temporary or permanent spousal support order and leaves California willfully intending to avoid the support order, with no legal excuse, is punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for up to 1 year, a fine up to $2000, or both. Pen C Section 270.6.

Contact an aggressive Orange County family law attorney today for help in getting spousal support.

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