You are getting a divorce and you are concerned that once the divorce is finalized you and your former wife or husband will walk away financially secure while you will be left to scrape together what money you have left to survive. In these situations, many Virginia divorcé/es turn to spousal support as a way to make the transition to single life a little more manageable. While this system has been in place for a long time, there is a growing movement in Virginia and across the country to reform spousal support or alimony laws.
Family courts in Richmond will ultimately decide whether you are eligible for spousal support, but their decisions are often based on a variety of different factors. Judges will consider how long the couple had been married and how much each party is reasonably able to make individually. Another factor includes how much each spouse contributed during the marriage, both financially and in other forms. Ultimately, however, the judge will attempt to create a fair alimony decision.