Understanding Spousal Support

While child support is money that goes to support a child or children when the parents are not together (whether they are divorced or were never married), spousal support is money paid by one party to the other in a divorce. This money is intended to help the financially disadvantaged party establish an independent life.

Providing Dedicated Representation Before And After Divorce

Serving the Washington, D.C. and surrounding Maryland communities, we at the office of Joel W. Anders, P.C., represent both men and women in spousal support (alimony) cases that arise during or after a divorce. During a divorce, one spouse may be coming to terms with the fact that he or she will be living on one salary or struggling with transitioning into the workforce. It is important to have an experienced attorney to ensure that any agreement will properly meet your needs.

The courts consider a wide range of factors when determining spousal support, including:

  • The age of each spouse
  • Length of the marriage
  • Each spouse's work history during the marriage
  • Each spouse's financial contributions to the marriage
  • Income-earning potential of each of the parties

If it is determined that spousal support is warranted in your case, the court will then make a determination about the proper amount and the length of time. Spousal support can be either temporary or permanent.

Modifications to spousal support may be sought based on a drastic change in circumstances for one or both parties, including the gain or loss of a job or a subsequent marriage.

Contact Us To Learn More About Spousal Support

If you have questions about a spousal support agreement, contact us today for a free initial consultation with our skilled family law lawyer. Call 202-644-9609.