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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.

  • There is probably only a handful of attorney's of his experience and caliber.

    “His practice is almost fully electronic, which keeps costs down and enables him to help military families even stationed overseas.”


  • I was blessed to have you and your team to represent me, it was worth every penny!

    “You all showed that you had my needs and desires at the forefront. ”


  • Mr. Murphy was excellent at educating me on the process of divorce and what to expect.

    “Mr. Murphy was excellent at educating me on the process of divorce and what to expect. He assisted me in drafting a Marital Separation Agreement that my (now) ex-husband and I were able to come to agreement in signing, just over a month after we initiated the process. I found Mr. Murphy's staff so welcoming and helpful through this entire process that it made an extremely stressful time a little less difficult.”

    Former Client

  • When I think of Mr. Michael K. Murphy words like top-tier, superlative, exemplary, first-class, and second to none immediately come to mind.

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

  • It is not only the legal work - but the feeling of protection, understanding, and caring that sets you apart.

    “I thank you both for bolstering me up and looking out for me when I needed it most.”


  • This is only possible thanks to Mike Murphy and his staff and I'm eternally thankful.

    “Divorce is difficult and mine was probably more difficult than most since it involved false allegations by my ex-wife of domestic violence and child abuse. Mike Murphy successfully defended me in the military law courts and shepherded me through the civilian divorce process. He exposed my ex-wife's lies and saved my daughter from a life of manipulation by her mother. My daughter lives safely at home with me now. This is only possible thanks to Mike Murphy and his staff and I'm eternally thankful.”

    Former Client

  • I want to thank you for your wise counsel and words of encouragement over the last 18 months.

    “It was an ordeal for me, but your assistance undoubtedly made it easier. ”


  • Retaining the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC was one of the best decisions I could have ever made!

    “Retaining the Law Offices of Michael Kevin Murphy, PLLC was one of the best decisions I could have ever made! Although it's business, you quickly grow to become family. The Team – Mr. Murphy, Ms. Goding and Ms. Williams, worked my case vigorously to ensure the best possible outcome for me and my children and achieved victory! As a then Active Duty Service Member and now Retiree - giving up was never an option! I have full custody of my children with the Team remaining ever vigilant and ready for the fight. Signed – A Grateful Father!”

    Former Client

  • 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.”


  • As a former army ranger, he has a profound understanding of the nuances in military lifestyle and legal considerations and that understanding was of great benefit to me at every juncture.

    “I highly recommend Michael Murphy and his team to anyone who requires any service in family law, but particularly to military members who have any family law concern.”

    Cory L.