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 spousal support, and each case is unique. An initial barometer to gauge a situation is to look at the difference between one spouse’s ability to pay compared to the other’s need for sufficient income. For example, if one spouse has put his or her career on hold for the benefit of the family the wage earning spouse may be required to pay alimony.
A spouse may be denied support if it is proven that he or she has committed adultery.