Establishing spousal support, which is also commonly known as “alimony” or “spousal maintenance,” is an essential step in finalizing the divorce process. The purpose of alimony is to provide financial support to lower-earning spouses who are transitioning to single life and may need to pursue new employment or educational opportunities. Alimony can be temporary or indefinite depending on a spouse’s needs and the terms of the marital settlement agreement.
At DiPietro Law Group, PLLC, we can help both paying and receiving spouses understand and negotiate spousal support issues. If you’re seeking spousal support or want to request an alimony modification, contact our spousal support lawyers in Washington, D.C.
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Typically, spousal support can be agreed upon by the separating spouses or dictated by the court. However, many factors need to be considered before a spousal support order can be established. In most cases, a judge reviews the financial situations of both spouses and determines if alimony is necessary and can even be afforded. The court will never grant alimony if it has a detrimental impact on either spouse.
Factors determining spousal support include, but are not limited to:
- Duration of the marriage
- The ages of both spouses
- The present and future earning capacities of each spouse
- What contributions each spouse has made to the marriage
Modifying & Terminating Alimony
A spousal support order can be modified or terminated at the request of either spouse. However, the former spouse seeking a modification must be able to prove that their personal or financial circumstances have changed enough to warrant it.
Spousal support can be modified or terminated under the following conditions:
- One of the spouses dies
- The receiving spouse remarries
- The receiving spouse begins living with a romantic partner
- The paying spouse loses his or her job
- The paying spouse is facing long-term financial difficulties
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Contact the Washington, D.C. spousal support attorneys at DiPietro Law Group, PLLC if you have questions or concerns about your alimony agreement. We can facilitate negotiations between you and your former spouse during the divorce process or help you seek a modification in court.
Call DiPietro Law Group, PLLC at (202) 902-9587 to schedule a consultation.