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Spousal Support Attorney

Hiring a Spousal Support Attorney

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Divorces in our country are at an all-time high, with many marriages ending in dissolution every year. A spouse’s requirement to provide support may continue after a marriage has ended in Virginia. Spousal support, also known as maintenance or by its more common name alimony, helps support the other spouse, whether temporarily or permanently. A couple may decide upon a spousal support agreement on their own or have the court decide it for them. When you’re dealing with divorce and spousal support issues, it’s important to hire an experienced spousal support attorney who is proficient in the topic and the laws surrounding it. It’s important to note that if someone has committed adultery, they waive their right to alimony.

Determining Alimony Amounts

There are no real guidelines for determining an amount of alimony, or how long it will be paid, as these determinations are on a case by case basis. It will be determined often by the court which pays, how much and the duration based on the financial need of each spouse. Some of the factors looked at include: duration of the marriage, age of the parties, present/future earning capacity of each party, standard of living, supporting party’s ability to pay, financial assets, the needs of each party (including minor children if applicable) and tax consequences, to name a few factors, but this list is far from complete.

Types of Alimony

Temporary alimony is awarded when the parties are separated and not yet divorced. Rehabilitative alimony lasts for a specific duration and is given to the dependent spouse while they go back to school or get more training to go back to work, or to get a job that pays more so they can support themselves. Permanent alimony is indefinite and can last for the life of a spouse eligible to receive it. The only time it ends is if the death of the spouse paying alimony occurs, the death of the spouse receiving alimony occurs, remarriage occurs or long-term cohabitation with someone else occurs as well.


The amount of spousal support can only change in modification. This can mean that circumstances have changed in that the paying spouse’s income has changed; the receiving spouse has got a new job that pays more or one of the factors above has occurred.

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At Greg Baker, Attorneys at Law, PLLC, we have years of experience helping individuals throughout Virginia. We offer free legal consultation to provide you legal advice as soon as you need it. To schedule a legal consultation, call the law office today in Clintwood, VA office at 276-926-7115, or the Abingdon office at (276) 285-2100. We serve Dickenson County, Wise County, and other counties in Southwest Virginia.

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