Spousal support is a legal obligation that compels a spouse to pay his/her former spouse for the maintenance and support upon divorce.
The authority to award support rests with the family and the circuit court in West Virginia Alimony law.
General provisions in the West Virginia alimony code:
Spousal support is of 4 forms. They include:
the Permanent spousal support,
temporary spousal support,
rehabilitative spousal support and
spousal support in gross (Lump-sum).
Any of these can be awarded to the petitioner only when the parties are living separate in actual terms.
Also, various factors like the duration of the marriage, misconduct of either of the parties in the marriage that led to divorce and more are to be considered in offering spousal support.