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Virginia Beach Spousal Support Lawyer

Following a divorce, decisions must be made surrounding how both spouses will be provided for going forward. Many times, one spouse has sacrificed more than the other, giving up education or career opportunities for the needs of the marriage. When the marriage is dissolved, spousal support (also known as alimony or maintenance) is determined to ensure that this spouse is provided for.

At The Law Office of Elizabeth K. Barnes, I understand these issues. I am skilled in helping you gain the compensation you deserve to build a financial foundation for the next chapter of your life.

Virginia Beach Spousal Support Attorney — Spousal Support/ Alimony Attorney

In the military sector, this is a primary concern in divorce proceedings. If one spouse is military personnel and the other a civilian, there is a great likelihood that the civilian spouse has followed the military spouse’s moves and relocations. In many situations, this involves discontinuation or disruption in education. With the constant movement of the military, it is also difficult to experience private career advancement.

I help spouses seek the compensation to build a secure future for themselves and their children. I also help spouses who may be paying support to ensure that they are able to continue to support themselves, and to prepare any defenses for why a spouse may not be entitled to support.

During divorce, the Virginia Circuit Courts are generally not bound by a specific formula in determining spousal support. However, more and more courts are considering such formulas in creating support awards, after consideration of both the incomes of both spouses. It is important that your lawyer has an understanding of how these formulas work and what factors, such as age, health, earning capacity, actual income, and the reasons for the divorce, will influence them. At The Law Office of Elizabeth K. Barnes, I am skilled in working with these formulas, and I am familiar with the courts and judges that may be making the decisions in your case.

Norfolk Alimony and Maintenance Attorney

Whether you are seeking temporary support or permanent spousal support, it is important that you do not sign any agreements — particularly legal separation agreements — without careful legal guidance.

To arrange a consultation with a skilled spousal support lawyer, please call The Law Office of Elizabeth K. Barnes today at 757-716-5741.