The end of a marriage can leave a sour taste in the mouths of both people involved. No Virginia couple expects to be walking down that road when they say their vows, but it does happen and chances are one person will be paying the other alimony or spousal support. One of the most stressful aspects of divorce may negotiating an alimony settlement, but with some foresight and helpful tips, both parties can negotiate rationally.
Research is important
Different states have different alimony laws, so it’s wise to become acquainted with the laws regarding divorce and alimony in Virginia. There are some apps available today to help people to make alimony calculations based on income, but those would only be ballpark figures. Having realistic expectations whether on the paying or receiving end of spousal support may also help during divorce talks.
The amount of support agreed upon — or ordered by a family court judge — depends on a number of factors, and also includes the needs of the individual seeking alimony. An attorney may be able to help a client to better understand money needs and to negotiate in good faith to have those needs met, rather than simply following calculations based on a guideline. There are questions to answer such as what did the spouse’s financial picture look like during the marriage? In other words, the lifestyle that potential payee was used to versus how that financial picture looks out of the marriage.
There are many variables when it comes to alimony. It’s not surprising it can be very confusing for many going through the divorce process in Virginia. Getting advice from an experienced family law attorney may help a client to focus on the full financial picture during divorce negotiations.