Fairfax County Spousal Support Attorney

Spousal support — sometimes referred to as alimony — is a complex issue which may significantly impact your rights during and after a divorce. If you are facing the prospect of divorce and you or your spouse may seek spousal support, protect your rights by retaining an experienced divorce lawyer.

You can find the skilled and knowledgeable representation you require at The Crawford Law Firm, PLLC. Attorney Laurie Crawford practices exclusively in family law. She has represented hundreds of clients in divorce and family law matters. To schedule a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your spousal support options, contact her law office in Fairfax, Virginia.

Spousal Support In Virginia

You and your spouse may negotiate an agreement concerning spousal support. If you are unable to reach an agreement, it becomes a matter for the court.

Virginia law grants judges considerable discretion. Courts have discretion to grant or deny spousal support and to fashion a spousal support order in an amount and for a duration it determines appropriate. In addition, courts may award temporary spousal support during a divorce.

Both temporary and permanent spousal support (support after a divorce) may be granted by a court after considering many factors:

  • Each spouse's obligations, needs and financial resources, including, but not limited to, income from all pension, profit-sharing or retirement plans, of whatever nature
  • The standard of living established during the marriage
  • The duration of the marriage
  • The spouses' ages and physical and mental conditions, and any special circumstances of the family
  • Both spouses' earning capacities, including their skills, education and training, and the present employment opportunities for persons possessing such earning capacity
  • Decisions regarding employment, career, economics, education and parenting made by spouses during the marriage, and their effect on present and future earning potential of the spouses
  • Other equitable factors impacting the rights and interests of the parties

Given the significant discretion that courts have to determine how to resolve spousal support disputes, it is critical that you retain a skilled divorce lawyer who can negotiate a favorable agreement on your behalf or make a compelling case on your behalf at trial if you are unable to reach an agreement. You can rely on The Crawford Law Firm, PLLC, for the strong advocacy you require.

Contact a Northern Virginia Alimony Lawyer

Our Fairfax County spousal support lawyer serves clients throughout Northern Virginia. Attorney Laurie Crawford offers a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your case. Please call 703-621-7146 or contact us by email.