Virginia Alimony / Spousal Support

Virginia alimony, also referred to as spousal support is the amount of money one spouse pays to the other, by court order or through agreement of the parties, for support and maintenance.

If the spouse seeking alimony has committed adultery, he or she may be banned from collecting under the law.

Types of Alimony Awarded in Virginia

In the State of Virginia, alimony can be Pendente Lite (during the pendency of the case), temporary or permanent in nature.

Factors for an Alimony Awarded in Virginia

According to Virginia Statute § 20-107.1(E) The court, in determining whether to award support and maintenance for a spouse, shall consider the circumstances and factors which contributed to the dissolution of the marriage, specifically including adultery and any other ground for divorce:

Modification of Alimony in Virginia

The Virginia court may increase, decrease, or terminate the amount or duration of any spousal support and maintenance as the circumstances deem appropriate. Spousal support can be modified based on a significant change in circumstance.

Termination of Virginia Spousal Support

Unless otherwise stated alimony terminates upon the death of either spouse, the remarriage of the recipient or if the recipient is "habitually cohabiting with another person in a relationship analogous to a marriage for one year or more commencing on or after July 1, 1997."

Virginia statutes regarding alimony can be found here: Virginia statutes Title 20 - DOMESTIC RELATIONS

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