VIRGINIA BEACH DIVORCE LAWYER – HOW MUCH DO I DESERVE IN ALIMONY?

Generally speaking, if you are in the middle of a separation, contemplating divorce or separation, or are already receiving or paying alimony, you should be aware of the general principles concerning spousal support in Virginia. Your Virginia Beach Divorce and Family Law Attorney can help you alleviate the common anxieties that accompany divorce, separation, alimony, and custody issues.

How much? How long? Is alimony appropriate at all? These questions depend on a variety of factors. Whether you are entitled (or would be entitled) to receive alimony could depend on elements such as:

•- The needs and financial resources of each party;

•- The standard of living – this factor refers to the standard of living during the marriage. In today’s economy, couple’s amidst a messy divorce may dispute the standard of living. If this is the case for you, call your local Virginia Beach area Divorce Attorney for a free consultation.

•- The agecondition (physical/mental) of the parties;

•- Any special circumstances related to children and related contributions;

•- The earning capacity of the parties, and many others.

This is just a non-exhaustive list, meant to provide a sample of only a few of the relevant factors the court may consider when determining whether – and how much and how long – to award alimony. Since these are the factors the courts use in Virginia, these are also the relevant guidelines to be used when negotiating or mediating a settlement. Regardless of whether you think your settlement is amicable and “fair” on its face, you should always have an experienced Virginia Beach Divorce Attorney review the facts of your case.

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