As opposed to child support, there is no formula that directly leads to a calculation of spousal support. Several factors are taken into consideration, including duration of marriage, standard of living and the financial obligations of both parties. It is wise to seek the counsel of an experienced family law attorney who can guide you through the process and ensure that the accurate spousal support amount is reached.
As knowledgeable Newport News spousal support lawyers, the attorneys at Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC, have represented clients through all phases of divorce. It is not uncommon for disputes to arise around the determination of spousal support or alimony. We are both skilled mediators and accomplished trial lawyers. It is our goal to work with you to reach a successful resolution to your dispute with minimal conflict.
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In Virginia, spousal support can be pursued in either circuit court or juvenile court.
- Circuit court: In a divorce, typically the court will stipulate temporary (pendente lite) support that will last through the duration of litigation. The court will carefully examine the client’s financial needs versus earning potential. At the conclusion of litigation, the court will rule on final support. Most often, the central determining factor is the duration of marriage. Whether the marriage is considered long term (lasting 20 years) or short term (lasting 10 years) can lead to a difference in final support.
- Juvenile court: Here, a set of guidelines completes most of the calculation of the support amount. The award is temporary, however, and it can be difficult to arrive at an accurate number. The most challenging aspect lies in establishing what each party’s income is. This requires discovery, including reviewing financial records as well as tax statements and investments. We have vast experience with this level of research, and we fight to ensure that our clients reach an accurate and fair spousal support amount.
In all cases, we will work through mediation to arrive at a compromise that takes into account the monthly family debt adjustment using rent, car payments, child care and other expenses.
If you have questions regarding spousal support, contact Weisberg & Weisberg, PLLC, to schedule a consultation. We can be reached by calling 757-528-2643 or by completing our online contact form. We will listen to your concerns and offer real legal solutions. Our office is located near the Newport News City Center at Oyster Point, off Interstate 64.