We Fight For Fair Alimony Payments
Disputes over entitlement to alimony or spousal support, including the amount and duration of such payments, are among the most heated 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 too much from you, we understand what the stakes are for you. At the Alexandria firm of Russell W. Ray, PLLC, our attorney has the experience to fight for the payments you deserve.
How Spousal Support Is Determined
Virginia law dictates the factors judges use when determining a spouse’s or former spouse’s entitlement to spousal support. 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 and mental condition
- The couple’s decisions regarding employment during the marriage
- Each spouse’s earning capacity after the divorce
When it comes to earning capacity, even if you did not work during the marriage, judges will consider whether you can effectively join the workforce and make a living with the right training.
Do Not Sign Agreements Without Consulting A Lawyer
Frequently, we see clients who did not seek legal advice sign agreements regarding spousal support that are financially harmful. Never sign a prenuptial agreement before you get married or a separation agreement after you decide to part ways without having an experienced family law attorney look over it first.
We know alimony laws and can answer your questions if you are contemplating a prenuptial agreement or a divorce. Contact Russell W. Ray, PLLC, at 703-552-4028 or through our online contact form to schedule a free consultation.
Our office is in Alexandria, and we serve Fairfax County, Prince William County and all of Northern Virginia.