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How long does alimony last?

On Behalf of | May 12, 2023 | Divorce

Navigating divorce proceedings can be a complicated and overwhelming process. You and your spouse need to address critical issues such as the division of marital assets, child custody and child support. 

Another decision is the potential need for spousal support. And a common inquiry is how long one spouse makes alimony payments to their former spouse.

Indefinite alimony in Virginia

Alimony is meant to provide financial assistance for a dependent spouse who is unable to support themselves after the divorce.

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, alimony is typically granted on an indefinite basis. This means that it can be paid until the death of a spouse or the remarriage of the spouse receiving payments. It can be raised or lowered over time if a significant change in circumstances, such as job loss or a major illness.

The duration of alimony in Virginia is determined by various factors, including the length of the marriage, the ages and health of the parties, earning abilities of each spouse, and the standard of living during the marriage. 

Another essential factor to remember is that Virginia considers marital fault when determining alimony payments, such as adultery, abuse, or other fault grounds.

It is important to note that a spouse does not have an automatic right to alimony. A judge makes the determination.

Determining alimony in Virginia can be complicated and requires careful preparation and presentation of evidence. To ensure a fair determination of spousal maintenance, it is critical to provide documentation of your financial and personal circumstances and work with someone who understands the process and protects your interests.



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