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.
"...C. The court, in its discretion, may decree that maintenance and support of a spouse be made in periodic payments for a defined duration, or in periodic payments for an undefined duration, or in a lump sum award, or in any combination thereof."
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