When you and your spouse divorce, there are a number of decisions you need to make that will have a long-term impact on your quality of life. One of the decisions the Virginia courts generally make on behalf of those involved is whether or not one spouse must provide the other with monetary support, which is also known as alimony or spousal support. At The Saunders Law Firm, PLLC, in Woodbridge, I have extensive experience guiding clients throughout Virginia in divorce actions involving spousal support. Whether you are the recipient of support or must pay it, I offer skilled counsel in ensuring an equitable result.
Spousal Support is one of the most frequently fought-over issues in divorce, and while courts and lawyers strive to split marital assets equitably, “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.” At The Saunders Law Firm, PLLC, I know the laws governing spousal support and the courts tasked with making support decisions. Whether your divorce is amicable or contentious, I always work to reach a fair agreement between our client and the opposing party.
When determining whether or not spousal support should be granted, how much should be awarded, and how long it should continue, Virginia judges weigh certain factors, including a couple’s length of marriage, their standard of living during the marriage, the relative income of each individual, and the needs of each spouse. Retaining an experienced family law attorney can help you convince the court that you need support, increasing the chance that spousal support will be awarded. Alternatively, I can also work to convince the judge that your ex-spouse does not need spousal support or needs less than he or she asked for.
In Virginia, there are four types of spousal support agreements:
I work with you to determine what kind of alimony is the best for your situation.
At The Saunders Law Firm, PLLC, I represent clients who are seeking spousal support as well as those who will be required to pay it. My clients are often concerned about whether they are required to pay spousal support if their circumstances change. Others come to me if they are not receiving the spousal support payments specified by the agreement. I can help you present evidence to the court as to why the amount you pay should be decreased or request that the court properly enforce the existing spousal support agreement.
At The Saunders Law Firm, PLLC, I am dedicated to working toward an equitable spousal support result for the clients I represent throughout Virginia. Call me at 703-672-0808 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Woodbridge office.