Spousal Support


Spousal Support

Financially, divorce is one of the most difficult experiences in a woman’s life. Even though more women work now than ever before, there are still a large number of women who either stay at home or seriously cut back their careers for the sake of their marriages and families. That means that, in the event that divorce becomes necessary, these women are earning less than their husbands. Sometimes, they need help getting back on their feet.

If you’re wondering how on earth you’re going to be able to make it financially after your divorce, spousal support may be the answer. It’s not awardable in every single case out there, but in many cases, either temporary or permanent spousal support can really make a difference.

In Virginia, there’s no specific formula to determine whether you’ll receive support. It’s one of the more nuanced areas of law, and it’s based on an analysis of three main factors: (1) need versus ability to pay, (2) the statutory factors, and (3) the length of marriage. Each of these factors is important, and affects whether you’ll be entitled to receive support.

These days, there are more and more impediments to receiving spousal support, so you’ll likely need all the help you can get. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating and, if necessary, litigating spousal support awards.