If you have given up your education and/or career in order to stay home and raise your children, you are more-than-likely eligible for Virginia spousal support (sometimes referred to as “alimony”) when going through a Virginia divorce. Spousal support in Virginia allows a spouse whose job it was to stay home and run the household the ability to maintain the standard of living to which she was accustomed during the marriage.
While the court rarely orders permanent spousal support (unless the marriage was of a long duration or one spouse is elderly or ill), the court may award rehabilitative support, which would allow the wife to go to school or receive training that would eventually allow her to support herself. The court may also order the husband to pay a lump sum or make periodic payments.
In Virginia, the court looks at 13 different factors when determining the amount of support a stay-at-home mother may receive. Factors include the age, physical, and mental condition of each spouse, as well as the age and condition of the children. If one of the children has special needs that would not allow a spouse to work outside of the home, that would also be taken heavily into consideration when determining Virginia spousal support.
If you supported your husband by maintaining your home and raising the children during your marriage, you deserve financial support after your divorce. Learn more about Virginia spousal support by visiting our article library.
Contacting a Virginia Divorce Attorney
At this vulnerable time, it’s critical that you have exceptional legal representation that not only understands the specifics of your case, but is dedicated to your best interests and that of your family.
The Virginia divorce attorneys at Hofheimer Family Law Firm represent Virginia women who wish to file for divorce. We are committed to fighting for your rights, assisting in child custody disputes, and advocating that you receive everything you are entitled to and need in order to start your new life. You can learn more by requesting a FREE copy of our guide, What Every Virginia Woman Should Know About Divorce, or reserving your seat at our monthly divorce seminar – 757-425-5200.