There is precedent in California for the forced purchase of life insurance to replace support if the paying party should pass away. So yes, that is within the power of the California family law judge. Before the California family law judge can exercise that power, she has to find that the spouse paying the support has the financial means to make those life insurance premium payments. So yes, it’s very, very common.
John Harding is the principal of the law firm of Harding & Associates in Northern California. He practices family law litigation and divorce mediation exclusively.