There are many financial concerns when one decides to proceed with the divorce process in West Virginia. These concerns include child support, asset division, and in some cases, spousal support. Spousal support may be court-ordered or agreed upon in mediation or a separation agreement. Not all divorces result in spousal support and the amount and length of time support is ordered can vary greatly based on the particulars of the divorce.
What is spousal support?
Spousal support is not the same as child support and is not always relevant in every divorce. The income and employment status of both parties will be considered when deciding spousal support. If one party isn’t employed and was staying home with the children and/or caring for the home, that individual may be more likely to receive spousal support than in a situation where both parties work outside the home.
Spousal support may be paid in a lump sum or in payments over a period of time. These matters can be worked out through mediation if both parties can agree or by a judge if no arrangement can be made without intervention. Also, if the couple had a legal prenuptial agreement for spousal support, those terms will likely be applicable.
Spousal support can help one become financially stable
In many divorce cases, one party may be more financially vulnerable than the other once the divorce is final. Spousal support, whether temporary or permanent, can help that party get on their feet after such life-changing circumstances. West Virginians who are going through a divorce can benefit from seeking legal counsel from an experienced family law attorney to understand the options surrounding spousal support and other divorce matters.