John J. Gilligan, a family lawyer in Long Beach, answers:
There is no gender bias in the law. In making an award for spousal support, the court looks at the various factors set forth in Family Code §4320 and decides on the amount one spouse must pay to the other, regardless of the gender of the recipient spouse. For example, if the wife was the breadwinner during the marriage and the husband stayed home tending to the household, it is likely the wife will pay spousal support to the husband in the event of divorce.
John Gilligan is a founding partner at the family law firm offices of Brandmeyer Gilligan Dockstader & Davidson, LLP in Long Beach, CA. John has over 30 years of experience handling family law, probate litigation, and estate planning matters. He can be reached directly at 562-431-2000.