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Understanding alimony in a Virginia divorce

On Behalf of | Jul 21, 2023 | Alimony, blog

Navigating a divorce is never easy, and one of the many complexities you may encounter relates to alimony or spousal support. In Virginia, the courts can award alimony to either spouse to provide financial assistance during and after the divorce. However, it is important to understand that alimony is not a guaranteed outcome in every divorce case.

Learn about the different types of alimony you may be eligible to receive in a Virginia divorce and gain a better grasp of what to expect during your divorce proceedings.

Temporary alimony

Temporary alimony, or pendente lite, is support provided while the divorce is pending. The courts designed this type of alimony to help maintain the standard of living for the less financially stable spouse during the divorce proceedings.

Permanent alimony

Permanent alimony, also known as indefinite duration support, is financial support provided for an extended period of time after the finalization of the divorce. The courts may award this type of alimony in cases where one spouse is unable to support themselves due to age, illness or disability. However, “permanent” does not necessarily mean forever. The courts can modify or terminate this support if the recipient gets remarried, cohabitates with another person or there is a significant change in circumstances for either party.

Rehabilitative alimony

Rehabilitative alimony is the most commonly awarded type of alimony in Virginia. It is temporary financial support designed to help the less financially secure spouse become self-supporting. This type of alimony is usually awarded for a specific period of time to allow the recipient spouse to get any necessary education or training for employment.

Lump sum alimony

Lump sum alimony, also known as alimony in gross, is a fixed amount of money paid in one or more installments. Unlike other types of alimony, it is not modifiable and does not terminate upon the recipient’s remarriage or cohabitation.

Understanding the different types of alimony in Virginia can help you know what to expect in your divorce proceedings.


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