Spousal Support/Alimony Information
Fairfax Divorce Lawyers Explain Spousal Support
Figuring out how you are going to financially survive after a divorce is
extremely important. When you are accustomed to living off of two incomes,
or living off of your spouse’s income, it may be difficult to imagine
living on your own.
An experienced divorce attorney from Langone & Fasullo, PLLC may be
able to help. Contact us online
to discuss your case.
What is Spousal Support/Alimony?
Alimony can help financially provide for your spouse after your divorce.
The point of alimony is to match a spouse’s standard of living after
you are separated, so they are not forced into poverty. While a
divorce is pending, the court can issue a temporary order for spousal support.
After a divorce has been finalized, there are two types of alimony that
can be awarded:
Rehabilitative support: This is designed to get a spouse back on his or her feet and become self-supporting.
It is usually awarded for short term marriages (fewer than 20 years) and
has a set duration.
Permanent support: This does not have a set end date. It is usually awarded for long-term
marriages and can be modified or terminated if there is a change in financial
circumstances or if the recipient spouse remarries.
Whether you or your spouse asks for rehabilitative or permanent support,
an experienced attorney may be able to help guide you through the process.
Costs You Should Consider
When asking for alimony, there are certain factors you and your spouse
should keep in mind.
These costs include:
- Mortgages or monthly rent and house maintenance costs
- Car mortgages, gas prices, and car maintenance costs
- The costs of necessities like food and clothing
- Healthcare expenses
- Travel expenses
- Other financial needs
If you are the custodial parent, you also have costs that include your
child’s schooling, healthcare, and maintenance expenses.
How Spousal Support/Alimony is Awarded
Alimony is not dictated by a strict formula that child support is. You
receive alimony based on an agreement between you and your spouse, or
based on the discretion of the court. Before awarding alimony, the court
will consider both spouses’ earning capacity, age, and child-rearing
roles, and primarily consider the needs and ability to pay alimony.
If you would like to learn more about how alimony works in the state of
Virginia or schedule a confidential consultation
with our legal team, call (703) 391-1161 today!