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Work With A Virginia Attorney To Get Spousal Support Right

As you are separating or in the process of divorce, you may be eligible to receive spousal support or you may be obligated to pay it. Once a spousal support order is in place, it may be modifiable as you and your spouse (or ex-spouse) experience changes in your finances. The outcome of your or your spouse’s petition for spousal support or a modification can have a significant impact on your financial outlook.

At Randall & Bruch, PC, we understand that spousal support may be crucial to maintaining your lifestyle while also providing for your children. Our family law attorneys can help you navigate the legal challenges that you must overcome.

How Spousal Support Is Determined

There is no one-size-fits-all formula for determining whether spousal support should be included in your separation or divorce, and if so, how much payments should be. Rather, a family law judge will look at unique factors in your situation, such as:

  • You and your spouse’s respective incomes and expenses
  • Whether one of you will remain in the marital home with the children
  • The recipient’s needs and the payer’s ability to make payments
  • The length of the marriage
  • Events during the marriage such as jobs and professional education that either or both of you pursued or contributed to

Petitioning For Support Modifications

There are various reasons why one party may think they should be paying less spousal maintenance. There are also various reasons why the other party may think they should be receiving more spousal maintenance.

Prior to the passing of a 2018 law, changes to spousal maintenance were typically not allowed in Virginia. However, this is now a possibility if the party seeking the modification can prove a material change in circumstances that would justify the change.

Our Family Law Attorneys Offer Free Case Evaluations

If you have any questions regarding child support or spousal support payments in Virginia, contact an attorney as soon as possible. Whether you are just beginning the divorce or separation process or have been separated for some time and need a modification, these issues can become complicated. An attorney will be able to guide you through this process and protect your interests.

At Randall & Bruch, PC, we pledge to give you our full support as you work through challenges related to divorce, spousal support, modifications and enforcement of court orders. You can request a free case evaluation through our online inquiry form or call 757-742-6115. We serve all of Hampton Roads and Southeastern Virginia and have primary office locations in Southampton, Emporia, Brunswick and Suffolk.