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How is spousal support determined in Virginia?

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2020 | Family Law |

Unfortunately, not all marriages last forever in the Hillsville area. Despite having the best intentions when a couple first gets married, life can get complicated and a divorce may become imminent. During the divorce process there are many things that a couple needs to work out and one may be spousal support. How is alimony determined in Virginia?

When a couple goes through the divorce process it is often stressful and complicated. There are many details to work through including asset division, child custody and child support, and spousal support. In Virginia, spousal support is not a guarantee and is awarded on a case by case basis. The courts typically determine whether the party is eligible to receive spousal support based on various factors. These may include:

  • Incomes and financial needs of both parties
  • The length of the marriage
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Earning potential of the spouses
  • Whether one spouse supported the other spouse’s education, career, etc. during the marriage which can have an effect on their present and future earning potential

If spousal support is awarded, the courts will decide how long it will last. It can last for a number of years or for an unspecified duration.

A person who is going through a divorce understands that they have a lot they need to work through. These issues can be complicated and can affect a person’s future. A legal professional who is skilled in family law can help their client understand their options and make sure they make decisions that are good for their future. An attorney can make sure their client’s future is protected and that they are able to emerge from the divorce ready to make a fresh start.


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