Fredericksburg Spousal Support Lawyer
Ensuring Fair Support Agreements
A. Lewis Lowery, Jr., Attorney at Law, PLC has 30 years of experience negotiating property settlement agreements that ensure fair alimony orders. We have guided clients step-by-step through the divorce process to ensure that their financial needs have been met and that payments are calculated correctly.
Whether you are contemplating divorce, seeking past-due spousal support payments, or requesting to modify an existing support order, our Fredericksburg spousal support attorney has the knowledge and skill to help you.
Determining Alimony in Virginia
In Virginia, neither party has any absolute right to alimony upon divorce. As such, spousal support is determined on a case-by-case basis. Though the law outlines general criteria that a judge should consider when awarding alimony, there are few guidelines to help them determine how much support should be awarded and how long those payments should last.
When determining an alimony award, the court will consider various factors including:
- Each spouse’s income and earning potential
- Child custody arrangements, if applicable
- Whether one spouse forewent education or work opportunities for the sake of the marriage or to maintain the household
- The cost of living
- The lifestyle the couple enjoyed during the marriage
Modifying & Enforcing Spousal Support
The court may modify existing spousal support payments if there has been a material change in either party’s circumstances that necessitates an adjustment. If you wish to request a modification, you will have to file a petition with the court and prove your need for the adjustment.
If your spouse is falling behind on their spousal support payments or flat-out refusing to pay you, you can seek an enforcement action. Our spousal support attorney in Fredericksburg can help you navigate this process and ensure that you get the full payment to which you are entitled.
We Are Dedicated to Helping You
As an experienced Fredericksburg spousal support lawyer, Attorney Lowery has an in-depth understanding of Virginia’s spousal support laws. We are dedicated to ensuring that you receive the support you need or that you pay only the correct amount for your specific situation.