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What different forms can court-ordered alimony take in Virginia?

Sometimes, in Virginia divorce cases, the court will grant one of the two divorcing parties an alimony award. There are multiple different forms of spousal support that state law allows courts to grant. The three main forms are:

  • A lump sum alimony award.
  • Periodic alimony payments with a set end date (defined duration).
  • Periodic alimony payments with no set end date (undefined duration).

When granting a spousal support award, a court can choose to just use one of these forms or to use some combination of the forms.

There are a wide variety of different factors Virginia courts are to consider when making decisions regarding what form would be most appropriate for a given alimony award. Thus, many different things can influence a court's decision on such a matter.

What form a given alimony award takes can have substantial financial impacts on both the party granted the award and the party ordered to pay the award.

The issue of what form an alimony award will take is one of many complex and potentially very impactful issues that can come up in court proceedings regarding spousal support. Thus, going into alimony proceedings well-informed, well-prepared and with one's arguments well-thought-out and well-supported can be very important for a divorcing individual. Virginia family law attorneys can provide divorcing individuals with detailed information on the specifics of alimony proceedings and what potential implications different alimony decisions could have. Such attorneys can also help guide divorcing individuals through all the different steps alimony proceedings can entail.