Alimony, or spousal support, is usually one of the most hotly debated topics in a divorce. The figures that each spouse has in mind are likely nowhere close to each other. If you want to avoid a lengthy trial in which a family law judge could force you to pay thousands in alimony for years, it is best to work with an experienced family law attorney like me, Daniel G. Dannenbaum.
As your lawyer, I can explain to you the benefits of negotiating with your spouse in an attempt to reach an agreement on alimony before a court makes the decisions for both of you. I pride myself on my ability to help my clients reach agreements that can make the divorce process more efficient and less costly than a trial.
Spousal Support In Northern Virginia Courts And Throughout The State
The law in Virginia no longer allows for only lifetime alimony or no alimony. A judge can set alimony payments to last for a certain length of time, depending on how long the marriage lasted. A marriage will likely have had to last for at least 17 years for lifetime alimony to be awarded.
If you are willing to wait years for a divorce trial, then you may not be interested in negotiating alimony. I have more than 20 years of experience that I can put to use for you at trial. However, by negotiating a separation agreement, perhaps through the mediation process, I might be able to help you and your spouse reach a common-sense agreement that protects your interests. That could include monthly payments or a lump-sum payment.
It is also important to note that in most cases alimony payments can be modified due to a change in financial circumstances.
Do Not Negotiate Alimony Without The Help Of An Experienced Family Law Attorney
For help with negotiating alimony payments, contact the Dannenbaum Law Firm, PLLC, in Arlington, Virginia. I can answer your questions and give you practical legal advice that lets you know what to expect. Call 703-661-9151 or 800-615-8904 to schedule a consultation.