Mark J. McGowan, Esq.

Mark J. McGowan 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.

Dear Mark,

You have been my go to person for the last 4+ years in my domestic partner situation. The last several months you have given me advice that I was sometimes reluctant to take. Fortunately I followed your advice and it saved me a great deal of money I had expected to have to pay.

Your professional expertise I am sure I will seek in the future.

My sincere thank you for your work on my part.

Yours truly, Peggy M.

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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 16 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 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 J. McGowan serves as a mediator for both parties. In cases where a resolution cannot be reached, Mark J. 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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Schedule your free consultation with attorney Mark J. McGowan today by calling our Palm Desert offices at 760-340-3332 or inquire by email with a brief summary of your situation, issue or question.

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72-630 Fred Waring, Suite 201
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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.

Proudly serving the Coachella Valley communities of 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.