At Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, L.L.P., we provide compassionate legal counsel during the divorce process. Our attorneys understand the anger and hurt involved when relationships end. We focus our energies on obtaining the child and spousal support orders our clients need to leave their marriages and move forward with their lives, as well as protecting the interests of those responsible for support.
Located in Virginia's historic Northern Neck, Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, L.L.P., has been providing trusted legal services since 1931. Attorney Elizabeth Hurd handle our firm's child and spousal support cases.
Keeping the ship afloat.
Children are entitled to financial support from both parents. In Virginia, the amount of support a parent owes is calculated by a state-specified formula. The formula takes into consideration a variety of factors, including:
- The income of both parents
- The number of overnights the child spends with each parent
- The number of children being supported
During the divorce process, issues of child support will be determined in your final divorce decree. When children are born outside of marriage, additional steps may be necessary to collect child support.
At Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, L.L.P., we help mothers and fathers obtain fair child support orders that provide appropriate support for minor children. We also help parents collect past-due support payments through enforcement actions.
When a couple divorces, the income that used to support one household must now support two. If one spouse gave up his or her career to care for minor children, or earned substantially less than the other spouse, he or she may be entitled to spousal support. Spousal support may be awarded as a lump sum or a series of payments.
In Virginia, spousal support, or alimony, may be limited in duration. Under certain circumstances, such as long-term marriages, permanent support may be awarded.
When determining whether to award support, the amount and duration, courts evaluate a variety of factors, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The age and health of the spouses
- The income source of each spouse
- The education, training and work history of each spouse
- Whether one spouse gave up a career to manage the home and children
At Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, L.L.P., our lawyers are committed to helping clients leave their marriages in the most financially secure manner possible. We work tirelessly to obtain fair spousal support orders that allow our clients to be financially independent after their divorce becomes final.
Contact Dunton, Simmons & Dunton, L.L.P., at 804-435-5069 or 866-603-0774.