Lu Aloupas is a dedicated Hampton Roads attorney with years of experience dealing with sensitive family law issues. She helps negotiate spousal support agreements that benefit her clients so that their lives are disrupted as little as possible.
The end of a relationship is hard on everyone, but Lu knows that the pain is temporary and, with fair financial support agreements, you will get your life back.
Do Spousal Support Payments Apply to Your Situation?
Spousal support, often referred to as alimony or maintenance, involves one spouse providing financial support to the other after a divorce or separation. The primary purpose of spousal support in Virginia is to provide financial assistance to a spouse who may be unable to support themselves adequately based on factors such as economic disparity, earning capacity, and financial need.
Virginia recognizes three main types of spousal support:
Permanent. This involves ongoing financial support paid by one spouse to the other until certain conditions are met, such as remarriage, death of either party, or a court order terminating support.
Temporary. Also known as pendente lite support, this is temporary financial support provided to a spouse during the divorce proceedings to maintain their standard of living until the divorce is finalized.
Rehabilitative. This type of support is aimed at assisting a spouse in becoming self-supporting within a reasonable period. It may be awarded to help the recipient spouse acquire education, job training, or skills to reenter the workforce.
When determining whether to award spousal support and the amount, Virginia courts consider various factors, including:
Each spouse's financial resources and income
Duration of the marriage
Age and physical or mental condition of each spouse
Standard of living established during the marriage
Contributions, both financial and non-financial, to the marriage
Earning capacity and potential employability of each spouse
Contributions as a homemaker and parent
Property and debts of each spouse
Any existing agreements or arrangements between the spouses
Spousal support orders in Virginia may be modified or terminated upon a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income or financial need. Certain events, such as the recipient spouse's remarriage or the death of either party, may also lead to the termination of spousal support.
It can be hard to think clearly in the midst of a divorce. It is important that you get the perspective of an outsider who can see the big picture. If spousal support is on the table in your divorce, it is essential that you get the advice of an attorney before signing an agreement.
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Money always makes things more difficult. If you have questions about spousal support, please contact us. We offer one-hour consultations in person as well as by phone or Zoom, during which we will hear your story, answer your questions, and give you options on how to proceed.