When a marriage ends, one spouse may be at a financial disadvantage without ongoing support from the other. This is of particular concern in couples where one partner has stayed home with children or there is a significant discrepancy in income or assets. Spousal support, also called alimony, provides the funds necessary for a fair resolution that protects you.
In determining spousal support, the court considers factors such as the age and health of you and your spouse, your incomes, the circumstances leading to the breakdown of your marriage, and whether employment for the spouse requesting support is available or feasible.
A skillful and experienced spousal support attorney representing clients in Charlottesville, Waynesboro, and the Shenandoah Valley, Steven will examine all information that may help you achieve a favorable outcome in alimony negotiations.
Whether you are the spouse seeking alimony or defending against an alimony request, how much support is a Charlottesville court likely to order, and for how long? The answer to each of these questions is, “It depends.”
Unlike child support, there is no statutory guideline that specifies alimony amount or duration. Instead, a divorce court judge has broad discretion to order alimony payments in the amount — and for the length of time — the court finds appropriate.
Because the judge has such broad leeway, your lawyer must provide the court with the evidence it needs to make an informed award.
The best alimony attorneys present your case in the most favorable light.
Although a court has the authority to order spousal support under appropriate circumstances, you and your spouse are free to negotiate and settle alimony terms between yourselves.
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