WV Supreme Court creating committee to study Spousal Support Guidelines

Tuesday October 25, 2011
Article courtesy of the Charleston Daily Mail
West Virginia Supreme Court Chief Justice Margaret Workman will create a committee to study spousal support guidelines.
The committee will consist of judges, lawyers and others who will study whether West Virginia should adopt guidelines for the award of spousal support similar to the guidelines for child support.
“Through this study, we hope to ascertain if such guidelines are needed, and whether they would reduce the costs, both financial and emotional, of the divorce process,” she told family court judges at the Fall Family Court Judicial Education Conference in Charleston this week.
Workman said awards of spousal support, when made, are inconsistent and unpredictable, and that current law does not provide guidance on when an award should be made or its amount and duration.
She said she would announce the members of the commission in the near future.
If the commission determines such guidelines are appropriate, its recommendations would go to the Supreme Court and possibly to the Legislature.
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