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  • June 23, 2022

    Is spousal support taxable income?

    Typically, yes. The spouse receiving alimony is required to declare the income on his or her taxes. The spouse paying support may deduct the amount from his or her income tax. However, the tax implications of support should be discussed with your attorney.

  • June 23, 2022

    How long is spousal support paid after a divorce?

    One of the contributing factors in determining the duration of spousal support is the length of the marriage. In shorter marriages, support is commonly paid for a defined duration. In longer marriages alimony may be indefinite. In any case, absent an agreement otherwise, spousal support end...

  • June 23, 2022

    What is temporary support?

    Temporary support is available prior to the finalization of a divorce. In Fairfax County, temporary support is determined by guidelines taking into account each party’s incomes. Some surrounding jurisdictions also use the Fairfax County guidelines.

  • June 23, 2022

    What factors contribute to determining the amount and duration spousal support?

    According to the Code of Virginia (Title 20-107.1) the following will be considered when deciding the nature, amount, and duration of alimony: The obligations, needs and financial resources of the parties, including but not limited to income from all pension, profit sharing or retirement ...

  • June 23, 2022

    Who makes the decision regarding support?

    Alimony can be decided by the divorcing couple during mediation or collaboration, or decided by the court should litigation occur.

  • June 23, 2022

    Is spousal support automatic in a divorce?

    No. Spousal support, or alimony, is not a given in a Virginia divorce. An attorney experienced in family law can give you a more definite answer about whether you are eligible for or will be required to pay alimony. There are numerous considerations that guide the process of determining s...

  • June 23, 2022

    I am just beginning the process of divorce. What are my first steps?

    The decision to divorce is not an easy one. This is a challenging time and making major decisions can be complicated by emotional issues. For many, divorce begins with finding an attorney to guide them through the process. It is in your best interest to have an initial consultation with a ...

  • June 23, 2022

    What should I look for in a divorce attorney?

    Finding legal counsel when beginning the process of divorce is much easier when you know what to look for. In your search, you should be searching for an attorney who: Dedicates all or a significant portion of his or her practice to family law. Has extensive experience, both in and out...

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