Spousal Support Attorney in Virginia Beach
Receive the Support You Deserve
Spousal support options are available when there is an income gap between separating or divorcing spouses. This financial arrangement can be determined by the spouses or dictated by the court. The point of spousal support, or alimony, is to ensure that the lower-income spouse can live at a similar economic level following the divorce.
Spousal Support in Virginia
Virginia does not have a set standard in determining the amount of spousal support a person can receive; in fact, it will be greatly dependent on the financial situations of both parties. It can take up to a year for a court to determine permanent spousal support. It’s highly recommended that you retain the services of a family law attorney to assist you in navigating the regulations of local jurisdictions.
Types of spousal support:
- Temporary spousal support—is temporarily awarded during a separation and prior to a divorce being finalized.
- Rehabilitative spousal support—is temporarily awarded to the dependent spouse when they are relocating or attempting to gain employment.
- Permanent spousal support—is awarded to the dependent spouse indefinitely until the dependent spouse remarries or either party passes away.
However, you will not automatically receive spousal support just because you receive less money than your spouse. The court spends time reviewing your present and potential earnings along with any income discrepancies.
Factors determining spousal support include, but are not limited to:
- Duration of the marriage
- Present and future earning capacity
- Established standard of living
- Age of both parties
Barring Spousal Support
You can be barred from receiving spousal support in cases related to adultery. However, it’s very difficult to prove adultery in Virginia courts. Contact a family law attorney if your spousal support determination is in danger due to adultery claims.
We Can Help
Virginia has very complex laws and regulations regarding spousal support. Contact The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller if you have any questions about your spousal support options. When you schedule a consultation with our family law attorney, you will be given the opportunity to explain your circumstances and learn how the law can benefit you.
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