Can I get spousal support in DC?
A common concern people have when contacting me is whether or not they will receive alimony, also referred to as spousal support.
How long does spousal support last?
Either person in a marriage can request spousal support in Washington, DC and it may be paid for a very specific period of time or it can be paid indefinitely. Sometimes it is paid on a temporary basis to help a person get back on their feet during the divorce process.
It is something that can be agreed to by you and your husband or wife. It can also be granted by a court if you are involved in a court case. However, it is not granted lightly by the court.
How do you qualify for DC spousal support?
The Judge who hears a case involving alimony looks at many different factors in deciding whether it is fair to award alimony in a specific situation.
It is always best if you and your husband or wife can agree as to whether or not alimony is fair in your situation. If you are able to agree, then your Separation Agreement would spell out the details of the payment or waiver if you agree that alimony is not fair in your circumstances.