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!