Alimony Payments In West Virginia

West Virginia gives judges the discretion to grant spousal support (alimony) to spouses in the event of divorce. Knowing which factors the judges will use and what could be at stake for you is an important thing to think about before you file for divorce.

We are the lawyers of McPhail Law. We provide extensive guidance to people in Wheeling and throughout West Virginia who are going through the divorce process and need help understanding alimony obligations. Our law firm can represent you in litigation, settlement negotiations or mediation to help you pay or receive alimony that is fair and meets your needs.

Do not agree to a specific alimony amount without talking to an attorney first. Call our office in Wheeling at 304-907-0506 to get help.

Determining Spousal Support Obligations That Are Fair

When determining whether a spouse will make alimony payments to the other, a family court judge will take into account a broad range of factors. These can include the length of the marriage and each spouse's income, earning potential, assets, age, health, standard of living and whether children are still being cared for.

The judge can then award alimony in one of four categories:

  • Permanent: While the name says "permanent," it just means that a judge can order a spouse to make payments for as long as necessary. It could last for a lifetime, or it could last a few years.
  • Temporary: These payments are made while the divorce process is ongoing to help the other spouse make ends meet.
  • Rehabilitative: These are payments specifically made to help the other spouse get to a position of self-support. That can include using the payments for additional training or education.
  • In gross: These are alimony payments made for a specific length of time.

Like with child support payments, changes in economic circumstances could mean asking a judge to modify your original alimony order. Whether seeking a modification or negotiating a divorce settlement, we will strenuously advocate for your financial interests.

Schedule Your Consultation With An Experienced Divorce Lawyer Today

If you agree to a settlement before having an attorney review it, you could be setting yourself up for future financial pain. Call our office in Wheeling at 304-907-0506 or contact us online to learn more about your options and your rights.