Spousal Support

Spousal Support Under Virginia Divorce Law, Washington, DC Law, or Maryland Law

Finding the right Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. divorce attorney is key to getting the best possible outcome for spousal support.  The consideration for determining whether and how much spousal support may be required is one spouse’s financial need balanced against the other’s ability to pay.

Calculating Spousal Support in DC Metro Area Cases

If the divorce will leave one spouse with very little income and the other with sufficient income to contribute support, generally the court will award support. In the classic case, spousal support is awarded to a homemaker who has put his/her career on hold for the benefit of the family and paid by the wage-earning spouse who has worked during the marriage and enjoyed the benefit of a steadily increasing income.

In short-term marriages of, say, less than ten (10) years, that assistance may continue for a period equal to one-half the duration of the marriage. That period is loosely calculated to enable the recipient spouse to further his/her education, receive job training and reestablish him/herself in the workforce. For longer-term marriages of, say, fifteen (15) years or more, such rehabilitation may not be possible, and support may continue indefinitely. No two parties’ circumstances are the same and thus support amounts and durations tend to vary.

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Contact a Spousal Support Lawyer

Our Virginia spousal support firm will explain the factors likely to enter into a support decision and will help you weigh the costs versus the benefits of taking a spousal support case to court. The collaborative law process is often a less costly option for negotiating an agreement on spousal support.

Whether you are entitled to spousal support or subject to paying spousal support to your former spouse, DiPietro Family Law Group can advocate on your behalf to help you achieve the best possible outcome. Contact our firm today for your initial consultation.

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