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Helping Clients Secure Alimony And Spousal Maintenance

Spousal maintenance is a type of financial support usually reserved for spouses at the end of long-term marriages or marriages in which there was financial inequality. A common scenario involves a divorcing, middle-aged couple in which the woman is left at a financial disadvantage because she stayed home and raised children without education or compensation, while her husband worked at a paying job. (When a woman receives financial compensation, it is commonly called alimony, although this term is no longer used by the Virginia legal system).

In such scenarios, the Virginia divorce court can order the husband to pay the wife monthly payments temporarily during the divorce process, permanently afterward or for a limited purpose such as funding education or job training. Spousal support may also be agreed upon as part of any divorce settlement.

Despite the previous example, spousal maintenance is not just for women. Men may also receive spousal maintenance, for instance, if the wife has been the breadwinner or the husband was a stay-at-home dad.

Lutins & Pilgreen, PC: Measured But Relentless

Alimony is often a contentious issue in divorce. Many people are just as driven by their emotional needs as their financial well-being. At Lutins & Pilgreen, PC, we have developed creative solutions to put our clients in the best possible position to negotiate and litigate matters of spousal support.

In some cases, an individual may choose to forfeit alimony in exchange for a certain asset in property division. A lump sum may provide an alternative to long-term payments. Whatever your situation, attorney J. Emmette Pilgreen will take care to understand your unique goals before recommending strategies to achieve them. By reacting promptly but thoughtfully to family law disputes, our firm has helped hundreds of clients succeed in spousal support determinations.

Call For A Consultation

Whether you were the primary breadwinner in your marriage or you put your career on hold for your family, you deserve strong representation from a lawyer you can trust. To arrange a initial consultation at our office in Roanoke, Virginia, please contact us at 540-627-5150.