Spousal Support In Your Virginia Divorce

Spousal support is money paid by one spouse to the other to somewhat equalize the standard of living after divorce. The greater the difference in incomes, the higher the amount may be. The longer the marriage, the longer the duration may be.

Virginia judges have considerable leeway in awarding spousal support, commonly known as alimony. This variability often leads to litigation, providing an incentive for couples to address spousal support on the front end of divorce proceedings. With thousands of dollars on the line, you need an experienced attorney advocating for you.

Potter Mariano PLC, can protect your interests in litigation or negotiation of spousal support. Arrange a free divorce consultation at 540-491-0159.

How Is Spousal Support Determined?

In deciding whether to award spousal support, the court considers 13 factors, including the couple's respective incomes and earning capacity, or a spouse's inability to work because of age or health concerns. Career sacrifices or contributions that boosted the partner's earning power would also be considered.

The amount of spousal support is based chiefly on ability to pay and the need of the recipient (living expenses and accustomed lifestyle). Our attorneys make sure that these calculations are based on accurate and reasonable figures.

The duration of alimony is tied to need and the length of the marriage.

Negotiating Spousal Support

We can help you decide the best approach for your case, and faithfully represent your interests in settlement negotiations or court proceedings. Call our Roanoke law office at 540-491-0159 or contact us online to schedule a free divorce consultation.