Alimony Attorneys In Fairfax County

Disputes over a spouse's or former spouse's entitlement to alimony or spousal support, including the amount and duration of such payments, are among the most heated and difficult in the family law arena.

Whether you are fighting to receive spousal support that you believe you are entitled to or you believe your spouse is asking for too much from you, it is important to have a family law attorney in your corner who understands what the stakes are for you. At Russell W. Ray, PLLC, in Fairfax County, Virginia, our lawyers have the experience and knowledge you need to effectively protect your interests.

How Spousal Support In Virginia Is Determined

Virginia law enumerates various factors relevant to determination of a spouse's or former spouse's entitlement to spousal support or alimony. Some factors that a judge will consider are:

  • The grounds for divorce, including adultery, desertion or cruelty
  • The length of the marriage
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • Each spouse's monetary contributions to the marriage
  • Each spouse's age and physical or mental condition
  • The decisions regarding employment made by the couple during the marriage
  • Each spouse's earning capacity after the divorce: For example, even if you did not work during the marriage, with the right training, will you be able to effectively join the workforce and make a living?

Frequently, we see clients who, without the benefit of legal advice, have signed agreements regarding spousal support that are financially harmful. Never sign a prenuptial agreement before you get married or a separation agreement after you and your spouse decide to part ways without having an experienced family law attorney look over it first.

Our attorneys know alimony laws and can answer your questions if you are contemplating entering into a prenuptial agreement or filing for divorce. Contact Russell W. Ray, PLLC, at 703-552-4028 to schedule a free consultation and learn more.