Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, can be agreed upon by two divorcing parties or ruled on by a family court judge when an agreement is not possible. When a judge determines spousal support, he or she will weigh certain factors to determine who will pay spousal support and how much will be paid. There are numerous factors involved in this decision, but generally, the judge will look at the needs of one spouse and the other spouse’s ability to pay.
If you are seeking spousal support in your divorce or you want to make sure that you are ordered to pay a fair amount, our firm can help. At DiPietro Law Group, PLLC, we assist both paying and receiving spouses with spousal support issues.
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Calculating Spousal Support in Virginia
If the divorce will leave one spouse with very little income and the other with sufficient income to contribute support, generally the court will award support. In the classic case, spousal support is awarded to a homemaker, who has put his/her career on hold for the benefit of the family and paid by the wage-earning spouse, who has worked during the marriage and enjoyed the benefit of a steadily increasing income.
In short-term marriages of, say, less than 10 years, that assistance may continue for a period equal to one-half the duration of the marriage. That period is loosely calculated to enable the recipient spouse to further his/her education, receive job training, and reestablish him/herself in the workforce. For longer-term marriages of, say, fifteen 15 years or more, such rehabilitation may not be possible, and support may continue indefinitely. No two parties’ circumstances are the same and thus, support amounts and durations tend to vary.
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Our Fairfax spousal support attorneys can explain the factors likely to enter into a support decision and help you weigh the costs versus the benefits of taking a spousal support case to court. The collaborative law process is often a less costly option for negotiating an agreement on spousal support.
Whether you are entitled to spousal support or subject to paying support to your former spouse, DiPietro Law Group, PLLC can advocate on your behalf to help you achieve the best possible outcome. We offer personalized legal services tailored to each of our client’s unique needs and goals.
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