It is not uncommon in a marriage for one partner to work, while the other partner stays home to raise the children and take care of other household duties. In this situation, if the marriage comes to an end, the spouse who has not been in the work force for a period of time may worry about how they will support themselves. Divorce often leaves a person worried about their financial future. Our alimony attorneys have extensive experience protecting clients from having to pay unfair amounts of spousal support as well as helping clients obtain alimony payments. We understand Virginia’s alimony system and will be able to explain to you your rights so that you can obtain the best outcome possible for your new life.
Effective legal representation in Virginia alimony cases
The laws in Virginia do not assume that alimony should be rewarded in every divorce case. The Court considers a variety of factors, and strives to reach a spousal support decision that is fair to both parties. Some of the factors that may have an effect on your spousal support case are:
- The length of your marriage
- The financial needs of the spouse requesting alimony
- The age and physical condition of the requesting spouse
- The requesting spouse’s education, work history, and employability
- The standard of living that the couple enjoyed together during the marriage
- Whether the requesting spouse committed adultery
Spousal support may be ordered in a lump sum, for a limited amount of time (usually a set number of years) or for an unspecified amount of time. All spousal support orders end if either spouse dies or if the supported spouse remarries.
While there are general guidelines the Court follows when awarding alimony payments, the judge has a great amount of leeway in determining if and how much spousal support a person is entitled to. Our attorneys will advise you on what the best course of action is for your individual case. In some cases we may advise that you negotiate alimony payments as part of the settlement agreement directly with the opposing party. This option protects both parties from “rolling the dice” in court, and either having to pay large spousal support payments, or risk not receiving any alimony at all. You need a family law attorney who understands these matters. Our divorce lawyers will explain your case to you, and put you in a position to receive the best outcome possible.
Contact a Virginia Beach & Norfolk alimony lawyer today
Once you make the decision to file for divorce, you want to know immediately how it will impact your financial future. Our attorneys at Garrett Law Group, PLC understand that when you have questions, you need answers now. We invite you to contact us or call us anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak with J.D. Garrett. We will be available to answer any questions you have about your divorce case, and will help put your mind at ease. To learn more about how to start your case, call us at (757) 422-4646. We serve clients in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Newport News, Hampton, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, as well as the surrounding counties of Northampton, Isle of Wight, York, and James City.