Answers to Your Spousal Support & Child Support 

Learn How Both Work in Your West Virginia Divorce

If you’re looking for answers to questions concerning spousal support and child support, you’re in the right place. We all know that going through a divorce and dealing with child custody is a challenge. It would help if you had a divorce attorney in West Virginia who clarifies these critical financial matters so you can plot a course forward. Below, we answer all your most pressing questions on family law, child support, spousal support, and alimony for a West Virginia divorce proceeding.

How much can I expect to receive in spousal support? 

There is no official alimony support calculator in West Virginia that determines the precise amount of spousal support you will receive. There are numerous factors that are applied by a judge when determining whether to award spousal support. 

Is spousal support modifiable during the divorce? 

Yes. Under some circumstances, if you or your spouse experiences substantial changes in circumstances that differ from those under which you signed the original agreement, you may be able to modify it. “Substantial changes” include things like major medical problems or unemployment. Under West Virginia law, spousal support will often not be awarded to a spouse who is adulterous or convicted of a felony. 

Will I need to hire a forensic accountant to help with the child support determination?

When you get divorced from somebody with complicated finances, such as self-employment, it may be beneficial to hire a forensic accountant. These professionals can evaluate each spouse’s income and determine the correct level of child support to be paid. Forensic analysis can determine whether either party is hiding sources of income from the other.

How much child support will I receive?

As a family law attorney, we know that financial planning is essential when going through a divorce. In West Virginia, the amount of child support you receive generally depends on the relative adjusted incomes of both spouses and the amount of time each parent provides care to the children.

Is child support modifiable during the divorce?

Yes. The law in West Virginia¹ allows either parent to ask to change arrangements at any time.  As with spousal support, “substantial changes” to child support include things like job loss, some income increases,  promotion, or severe medical conditions. 

Want To Know More? Give us a call!

Located in Charleston, West Virginia, Bradford Law Offices, PLLC, has helped parents on matters of co-parenting, spousal support, and child support during and after divorce for many years. Tim Bradford heads up the firm and is a graduate of both West Virginia University and Marshall University. If you would like to learn more about where you stand on these challenging divorce issues, please call (304) 344-5700.

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