How is Spousal Support Awarded?
Written by our divorce lawyers in Virginia Beach
In determining whether to award spousal support (alimony), the court will consider the circumstances which led to the marriage dissolving. This includes whether parties engaged in adultery, cruelty, or desertion.
The court must also consider a number of other factors such as the finances of the parties, the standard of living, and the earning ability of each party. It is important to understand that whether spousal support is awarded is completely within the discretion of the court. An award of spousal support is rarely overturned in appeal because to do so, the court must show a clear abuse of discretion. Therefore, it is important that you get good legal assistance in presenting all evidence to the court so that you can get the best decision possible.
For more than a decade our divorce lawyers in Virginia Beach have helped individuals with spousal support in Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and all of Hampton Roads.
Our divorce lawyers in Virginia Beach recommend you not take this matter into your own hands as even if your spouse is at fault for the marriage, the court is not barred from awarding spousal support to the other side. Therefore, if you are not careful, your partner could be at fault for the breakup of the marriage and still receive spousal support.
Yes, it can get complicated, and you need experienced divorce lawyers who will take the time to fight for you, guide you, and show you all of your options every step of the case.
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