“Spousal support” is often referred to as alimony. Alimony is an outdated term historically used to refer to payments made by a husband to a wife subsequent to a divorce. “Spousal support” is the modernized version and it refers to payments made by one ex-spouse, regardless of gender, to the other pursuant to the terms of a divorce decree. Spousal is one of the most complex and interesting topics in modern divorce law theory.
Spousal support and “manifest injustice” exception: newsworthy divorce appeals
The Decision: In Giraldi v. Giraldi the Virginia Court of Appeals reversed a reservation of spousal support awarded to an adulterous spouse. The decision rested primarily upon the absence of facts sufficient to prove “manifest injustice” by “clear and convincing evidence”. The Law: The decision whether to award spousal support is usually left to the discretion of…
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