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Experienced Representation For Spousal Support & Spousal Maintenance In Northern Virginia

One of the most common concerns about divorce is spousal support, who is entitled to receive it and who may be required to pay spousal support to a separated partner. Virginia law governing divorce and spousal support can be difficult to understand which is why you should trust your separation to the experienced spousal support lawyers from the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC. Our firm will work with you to create a personalized approach to your case and ensure that your rights are protected throughout your divorce.

If you have questions regarding spousal support call (703) 343-9539 and schedule a consultation with the dedicated spousal support lawyers from our firm.

How Is Spousal Support Awarded?

In Virginia, alimony is called spousal support. This support is granted to one spouse who is less financially independent than the other. These payments can help reduce the financial impact that a divorce will have on the spouse who is awarded spousal support and may help to support a lifestyle similar to what they were used to during the course of the marriage.

Many factors are often taken into consideration regarding the awarding of spousal support, including:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The potential to earn income
  • The earning capacity of the spouses during the marriage
  • Contributions during the marriage, including who was the homemaker and who was the main source of income
  • Assets and debt
  • Living standards and history set in the marriage

Spousal support (also, sometimes referred to as spousal maintenance) is not required to finalize a divorce, but a court may consider awarding spousal support in certain circumstances in addition to awarding a divorce to either party. If a spouse is awarded spousal support, the support may come in periodic payments, or it may be ordered as an up-front, lump sum payment. In the case of payments, the payments may be granted on a month-to-month basis for an indefinite period of time or may be ordered to cease after a predetermined period. These considerations will be noted in your final order of divorce and under certain circumstances may be modified at a later date.

Work With A Family Law Firm For Military & Government Professionals

At the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC, our Fairfax family law attorneys understand that this time in your life may be difficult, but we stand ready to provide honest, reliable answers to your questions. Having a lawyer on your side can help keep the divorce process smooth and reduce the potential for further complications.

Our firm was established by a former U.S. Army officer who has extensive experience in helping military families and government professionals. We can help you obtain spousal support, work with you to understand the laws governing spousal support, and represent you both in and out of court.

For more information on how we can help in Prince William, Loudoun, Arlington, and Stafford Counties and the City of Alexandria in Northern Virginia call us at (703) 343-9539 today and schedule a consultation.

Why Hire Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC?

  • Our Attorney is a former U. S. Army officer.

  • Our firm is award winning & top rated.

  • We serve clients domestically & internationally.

  • Located close to the Fairfax County Courthouse.

  • We have over 30 years of legal experience.

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    “I could not have made a better decision in choosing him to represent me.”

  • Without his guidance and representation I am confident that I would be lost and without my children.

    “I could not be more grateful to Mike for what he has done for me and my family.”


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