In Virginia, the court must take into account a number of factors in an award of alimony follows below:
20-107.1. Court may decree as to maintenance and support of spouses.
“…G. For purposes of this section and § 20-109, "date of separation" means the earliest date at which the parties are physically separated and at least one party intends such separation to be permanent provided the separation is continuous thereafter and "defined duration" means a period of time (i) with a specific beginning and ending date or (ii) specified in relation to the occurrence or cessation of an event or condition other than death or termination pursuant to § 20-110."
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