Spousal Support Can Be Unpredictable
Spousal support is the most unpredictable divorce issue our attorneys handle at Hicks Crandall Juhl PC. Local attorneys commonly joke that there are 15 judges in Fairfax County Circuit Court and 30 personalities. In no area of the law does this joke ring truer than in spousal support cases. In most other areas of family law, we can give you a fairly narrow range of potential outcomes should we litigate your case. However, the possible amount and length of spousal support awarded by one judge may vary greatly from an award by another judge even given the same set of facts.
Rehabilitative Support And Permanent Support In Virginia
There are two types of alimony or spousal support in Virginia:
- Rehabilitative support: Rehabilitative support is designed to help a spouse get back on his or her feet and become self-supporting. It may be provided to allow a person who has been out of the workforce to update his or her skills through additional training or education. Rehabilitative support is generally awarded in shorter marriages (fewer than 20 years). When ordered, it will have a defined duration, whether that is one year or longer.
- Permanent support: Permanent support is not necessarily permanent. It is alimony that does not have a defined end date. Permanent spousal support may be awarded to men as well as women. It is generally awarded in long-term marriages or in cases where a spouse’s health issues or age makes it difficult for him or her to become self-sufficient. The party paying spousal support can return to court to modify or terminate payments if the financial circumstances of the parties have changed or if the recipient spouse remarries or begins cohabiting with another person.
Our family law lawyers represent men and women in Fairfax and other communities in northern Virginia in all issues relating to spousal support. The attorneys of Hicks Crandall Juhl PC hope to achieve a negotiated solution to your spousal support case, but if not, we are prepared to zealously represent you at trial.