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Advocating for Fair Alimony Awards

At MacDowell Law Group, P.C., our alimony lawyers advise clients about their right to receive or obligation to pay spousal support. Our sensible approach to these issues can protect your interests while saving you both time and money.

Whether you expect to receive or pay spousal support, or if you question whether the support terms of a prenuptial agreement will be honored, we will review your circumstances and advise you accordingly.

Factors That Affect Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance, also referred to as spousal support or alimony, is based on one spouse’s need and the other’s ability to pay. These issues are usually considered in settlement negotiations at the same time as property division discussions, especially if the tax consequences of the agreement will make the marital estate larger.

Factors considered in spousal support negotiations may include:

  • The earning capacity of each spouse
  • The level of education and training held by each spouse
  • The length of and standard of living established during the marriage
  • The age and wellness of the parties
  • Contributions made to the marriage and family

There may be a genuine question as to the financially weaker spouse’s right to alimony beyond a short-term award. For an older spouse without significant work experience, spousal support is usually called for and may last indefinitely.

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If you are considering divorce, you need to speak with an experienced Virginia divorce attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Fairfax, Virginia, law office at 703.277.2811 to schedule your free consultation. We help clients throughout Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia and look forward to helping you.