People have many misconceptions concerning spousal support and alimony. One common misconception is that some amount of financial support is guaranteed to a spouse. The fact is that spousal support and maintenance is not automatically granted in divorce and dissolution of marriage cases.
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At Kearney, Freeman, Fogarty & Joshi, PLLC, our Fairfax divorce attorneys work to protect the best interests of husbands and wives in the Fairfax area and throughout Northern Virginia in family law and spousal support concerns. From pendente lite hearings for temporary support while a divorce case is pending to post-decree enforcement of awards through wage garnishment, as well as modification of awards, we offer a full range of services and quality representation at every stage of the process.
In Virginia, laws concerning divorce, division of property including retirement benefits, and spousal support are complex and there are pitfalls to avoid—particularly regarding the "reservation of support" and the "marital share" of retirement.
In addition, there are numerous factors the court must consider before awarding spousal support. These factors include the length of the marriage, whether "fault" was involved, and the relative health, ages, education levels, and employment history of each spouse. Click here to view Virginia Code 20-107.1
To make matters more complicated, local jurisdictions in Virginia use different formulas in determining spousal support amounts.
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We can eliminate much of the confusion and anxiety this can create by clearly explaining the law as it applies to your case and answering your questions about what happens next. Throughout your case, your lawyer will keep you informed as they work to make sure that your rights and interests are protected in the process.
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