Mark J. McGowan, Esq.

Mark McGowan is here to help your business ventures not only succeed but flourish, even in the face of adversity. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University (1981) and of Stanford Law School (1984). He is devoutly dedicated to providing each selected client with personal, caring counsel, attentive accessibility, diligent performance and quality service.

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    Spousal Support Attorney, Mark J. McGowan

    Whether you are seeking to collect spousal support or protect yourself against unmanageable support obligations, we have the experience, skill, and strategy to achieve results. 

    Spousal support, informally referred to as ‘alimony,’ is money that one spouse pays to help support the other after the filing of a dissolution of marriage.

    Spousal Support Determinations: Your Rights After Divorce

    Many couples will face disputes over the payment of alimony or spousal support after divorce. Whether you are the sole breadwinner of the family or you have been financially dependent, it is important to know your rights and obligations at the time of divorce.

    California Spousal Support Determinations

    The Law Offices of Mark J. McGowan, PC will take a comprehensive approach to assess your income, both current and potential, and determine to what extent you or your spouse is eligible for spousal support. If you are a spouse in need of support, our priority is making sure you get the financial support and security you need in the most fair, equitable, and workable situation with an ex-spouse. If you are to provide support, we fight so you are not paying too much for too long. We know that resolving support disputes early can save you time and resources in the long run. We will advocate on your behalf while negotiating a favorable settlement based on income, permanent assets, and circumstances.

    Spousal maintenance will be based on 14 factors a court will consider, including:

    • Duration of marriage
    • Income disparity
    • Potential for future income
    • Standard of living at the time of divorce
    • Special needs of either party
    • Ability to work
    • Your financial security

    Spousal support determinations can be permanent or temporary. In the event that the dependent spouse can be trained and seek gainful employment, the court may award a temporary support order and reduce or end payments in the future.

    If you are a spouse seeking to protect yourself against unmanageable obligations or in the midst of a divorce with a partner who you feel is making unreasonable demands for alimony, The Law Offices of Mark J. McGowan, PC can help you protect your rights and financial interests during a modification or enforcement proceeding.

    If you’re in the midst of divorce or thinking about divorce, The Law Offices of Mark J. McGowan offers a host of divorce and legal separation services. Divorcing couples can often come to mutual agreements about spousal support through mediation, wherein Mark McGowan serves as a mediator for both parties. In cases where a resolution cannot be reached, Mark McGowan can serve as your divorce attorney and litigator to protect and defend your rights and your assets.

    We understand that these can be emotionally and financially trying times and strive to serve each and every one of our clients with the respect, sensitivity, and integrity they deserve. Every situation is unique and demands personalized attention to reach a resolution. We look forward to learning more about your situation, and how we can help you find the resolution you deserve.


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    at 760-340-3332

    I had the pleasure of working with Mark McGowan recently, and I couldn’t be more satisfied with the results. He provided expert legal guidance, communicated effectively throughout the process, and ultimately delivered a successful outcome. Mr. McGowan is not only a highly skilled professional but also a compassionate advocate. I highly recommend him for anyone in need of legal assistance.

    Nick E.

    Mark helped me a tremendous deal trying to move my case forward in court. I appreciate how he provided many ways the case could go and any hurdles that could come up in the way, so I was always prepared for everything. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional and respectful. It was a pleasure having him as my attorney.

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    Located on west side of Fred Waring between Monterey and Hwy 111. Look for our signs on any side of the building, and take the elevator to the second floor. We look forward to meeting you.

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    Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Bermuda Dunes, Desert Hot Springs, Thousand Palms, Coachella, Thermal, and beyond since 1987. El abogado habla español.