Spousal support, maintenance, alimony – all of these terms are interchangeable and mean the same thing: money you are entitled to receive from or pay to your ex-spouse. Spousal support in Virginia is determined by the court considering factors established by Virginia law.
Except in cases of adultery, where the offending party is
specifically denied any right to spousal support, either party may ask
for and be awarded spousal support.
Support is generally based on the particular needs of the requesting
party, ability of that party to support themselves, and individual
sacrifices that party made to the benefit of the other.
For example, if a couple decided that one party would work, and
sacrifice their own advancement, in order to put the other through
college for the joint benefit of the couple, the law considers that both
parties should be rewarded for that benefit. Also, if one party
remained unemployed through their “peak earning years” to raise the
family, divorce should not then leave them unable to maintain a standard
of living established by the marriage.
If you are contemplating divorce in Virginia Beach, please contact Garrett Law Group, PLC to discuss your options. Our Virginia Beach divorce lawyers
will speak with you about your financial situation and weigh all of the
appropriate factors governing spousal support to give you sound legal
advice. (757) 422-0195.