Washington, DC Divorce Attorneys Fight for Fair Alimony
Douglas & Boykin negotiates and litigates disputes over spousal support
Whether you will be paying alimony or receiving it, the family law attorneys at Douglas & Boykin PLLC know how to protect your interests. If you expect to receive spousal support, you should keep in mind that a bigger support obligation is not always better — if the support payments are unrealistic, there’s a greater risk of default, or nonpayment.
When do courts award alimony in Washington, DC?
The District of Columbia Code identifies factors the court should consider in deciding whether to award alimony and, if so, how much. These factors include:
- The ability of the party seeking alimony to be wholly or partly self-supporting
- The duration of the marriage
- The age and physical and emotional condition of each party
- The circumstances that contributed to the estrangement of the parties
- The financial resources of each party, including the assets and liabilities distributed to each
- The earning capacities, educational levels, vocational skills and employability of the parties
The attorneys at Douglas & Boykin review your situation and help you understand how the factors apply to you. Whether you are seeking alimony or challenging it, experienced family law attorneys can help.
Douglas & Boykin’s attorneys can help you modify or enforce an alimony award
Months or years after your divorce, your financial and personal circumstances may significantly change, and a modification of your alimony arrangement may be appropriate. Examples of life changes that often result in an increase, decrease, or termination of spousal support include:
- Involuntary loss of employment by the party paying support
- New employment or other increase in the income of the party receiving alimony
- Substantial increase in the income of the party paying spousal support
- Extraordinary medical expenses or disability
- Cohabitation or remarriage of the party receiving support payments
If your ex-spouse fails to pay alimony or accuses you of failing to pay, Douglas & Boykin can help. The attorneys are experienced in seeking enforcement of support orders as well as challenging enforcement actions.
Contact a Washington, DC firm to discuss your spousal support issues
If alimony is likely to be an issue in your divorce case, contact Douglas & Boykin PLLC at 202-753-0042 or online. Douglas & Boykin serves the entire Washington metropolitan area, which includes Maryland and Northern Virginia.