Alimony Attorney Charleston, WV
Charleston Alimony Lawyers
Alimony, referred to as “spousal support” in West Virginia, is a court-ordered obligation in which one spouse must pay another (in installments or a lump sum) after a divorce. The courts may award alimony when one spouse has an unfair economic deficit – for example, if one spouse works as a stay-at-home parent while the other has a professional career. Alimony awards may be permanent, temporary, or rehabilitative, depending on the situation. At Johnson Law Office, we can help you understand alimony and fight for your rights in the Charleston family courts. Our team has years of experience in this practice area.
How Does an Alimony Award Work?
To receive alimony, one spouse must show that he/she is suffering an unfair economic effect of the dissolution of marriage. The spouse must prove that he/she is a lower-wage-earning or non-waging-earning party that needs continued support from the other spouse. The courts will typically award alimony to a spouse who sacrificed opportunities for the family – such as a parent that did not go to school or start a career, but instead supported the family from home.
In this situation, the spouse may need alimony payments until he/she can develop job skills and earn a living. In other cases, the courts may award alimony so that one spouse can maintain the standard of living he or she had during the marriage. Most alimony awards are temporary. The courts will revisit the case periodically and assess whether to continue payments. If, however, there is a longer length of marriage or one spouse is unfit to support him/herself, payments may be permanent.
The courts look at income levels, marriage length, physical condition, emotional state, education, job training, standards of living, and the ability of one spouse to support the other when determining alimony awards. Johnson Law Office can help during these court cases and argue your case either for or against alimony payments. Contact us today for a free consultation.