A divorce can involve many complex negotiations. While it is true that a divorce is used to end a Virginia marriage, there are a number of other family law processes that may be started when a person or couple files their pleadings to end their marriage. From child custody and support to the division of the parties’ property, divorces are the beginning of many important family law discussions for couples that want to end their relationships.

One topic that can be very important to divorcing parties is spousal support. Spousal support is the money that a person may be required to pay to their ex after their divorce has been finalized. Not all divorces will involve negotiations over spousal support as not all marriages are between individuals of different incomes and earning capacities.

The potential for a person to provide for themselves after their marriage is over is one important factor that can influence if spousal support is ordered during a divorce. If one spouse gave up wage-based work in order to support their family then they may not be prepared to jump into a new job as soon as their marriage is over. The parties’ ages, work histories, educational levels, and opportunities to seek employment are all important factors in whether a request for spousal support will be honored.

If and when a court orders spousal support to be paid, the paying spouse is committed to following the terms of the support agreement or order. In the event that they cannot fulfill their obligations to their ex, they may run into enforcement efforts from local authorities. Individuals who pay spousal support and who wish to receive it can seek the help of family law attorneys to learn more about what they must do to work within the expectations of their spousal support plans.