Fairfax Spousal Support Lawyer
Protecting Your Interests During Divorce
Following a divorce, it’s natural to feel worried about how you will get by financially. Spousal support payments are often necessary to ensure that both spouses may live at a suitable standard of life. If you have been asked to pay spousal support following a separation, having an experienced family lawyer can help you properly negotiate the terms to advocate for your best interest. Whatever the case may be, the team at Keithley Law, PLLC has more than 50 years of combined experience to use to your advantage.
How Are Spousal Payments Negotiated?
In Virginia family law judges consider a number of factors when making a decision regarding who will pay spousal support and how much monthly support will be awarded. There are several forms of spousal support that may apply to your situation depending upon the circumstances. Spousal support can be temporary, rehabilitative support, or long-term support.
There are a number of factors that may affect the outcome of your spousal support, including:
- Age and Physical/Mental condition
- Marital contributions of each party
- Monetary and non-monetary contributions of each spouse during the marriage
- Custody and Visitation determinations
What is Alimony?
Alimony, also known as spousal support or maintenance, is a legal obligation for one spouse to provide financial support to the other spouse after a divorce or separation. The purpose of alimony is to help the lower-earning or economically disadvantaged spouse maintain a similar standard of living to what they were accustomed to during the marriage, at least for a specified period.
Alimony can be awarded by a court as part of divorce proceedings or can be established through a prenuptial agreement or postnuptial agreement. The specific terms of alimony, including the amount, duration, and frequency of payments, are typically determined through negotiations between the spouses or by a judge if the parties cannot agree.
Alimony can be temporary or permanent, depending on the specific circumstances of the divorce. Some jurisdictions have established guidelines or formulas for calculating alimony, while others leave it to the discretion of the judge. It's important to consult with a family law attorney to understand the alimony laws and guidelines in your jurisdiction if you are going through a divorce or separation.
Learn More about Spousal Support
At Keithley Law, PLLC, we are passionate about educating our clients so that you can make informed decisions about your support options. We understand that this can be a stressful and confusing time. Having represented many families throughout Northern Virginia, we are educated and prepared to provide you with the counsel you deserve.
Call us today at (703) 454-5147 to schedule a case consultation with a Fairfax spousal support attorney.