Spousal support – commonly called alimony – is a payment mechanism that helps to balance the financial inequities that are sometimes experienced by divorcing parties. If one divorcing spouse experiences a financial setback upon divorce and the other is able to help offset it, spousal support may be ordered. Spousal support doesn’t play a role in every divorce, but when it is appropriate, it can be an important tool that helps to bridge the financial gap between divorcing parties. If you have questions or concerns related to spousal support and your divorce, don’t wait to consult with an experienced Virginia divorce attorney.
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, spousal support is not intended to punish the spouse who is responsible for causing the marriage’s demise, but this is not to say that every factor that contributed to the dissolution of the marriage won’t play a role in the court’s decision-making process. Further, if the spouse seeking spousal support is proven to have had an affair, he or she may be barred from receiving spousal support. An exception, however, is if the potential recipient of spousal support can clearly demonstrate that being denied this support would prove financially unjust, which can lead to the court making an exception.
When it comes to spousal support, there is the matter of whether it is appropriate in your situation, and if so, there is the matter of its amount and duration. The factors that the court takes into consideration in this process include:
Spousal support can play an important role in your post-divorce finances, and the trusted Virginia divorce attorneys at Virginia Family Law Center are well acquainted with the complications inherent to obtaining this financial support and are here to help. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact us today.
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