A recent survey of the nation’s top divorce attorneys concludes that there is an increase in the number of divorce cases among couples over 50 years of age. Overall, 61% of divorce attorneys surveyed say they have seen an increase in divorces from couples in the baby boom generation. Additionally, alimony was cited as the most common issue couples in this generation fight about.

Alimony, in a traditional sense, is an allowance to the wife out of the husband’s earnings or income from his estate, not the marital estate itself. Alimony is an allowance resting in discretion of the Court and is therefore variable and revocable.

There is, however, a distinct difference between a spousal support award and a monetary award. Spousal support arises from a legal duty flowing from one spouse to the other because of the marital relationship whereas a monetary award arises from an adjustment in rights and interests of the parties in the marital property.

Alimony stems from the common law right of the wife to support by her husband. Such a right, unless forfeited by misconduct, continues to exist for the wife even after the couple separate.

West Virginia law provides that the Court, upon ordering a divorce, may require payments to third parties in the form of home loan installments, land contract payments, rent, property taxes, and insurance coverage if the amount of such coverage is reduced to a fixed amount. A factor that must be considered in awarding alimony is the distribution of marital property to be made under the terms of a separation agreement or by the Court.

Typically, where the wife receives the divorce based on proof of a fault against her husband and she has no independent income or only a meager income when compare with her husband, the wife is entitled to some award of alimony.

Divorce is a trying time for any family. Divorce matters with many assets can be complicated and difficult to conclude. The attorneys at the Manchin Injury Law Group understand how trying a divorce can be for an individual and are here to help you protect your interests when going through a divorce.

Attorney Timothy Manchin established the Manchin Injury Law Group in 2011 after his law partner of more than 25 years became a West Virginia circuit court judge. His focus is on helping individual clients and entire families victimized by negligent acts.

  • Taylor Downs was easy to talk to (I do not speak the legal language well!) and was very upfront and honest about the entire process of my case. He kept me updated as the case progressed, and answered my relentless questions. The end result was a favorable settlement that I’m not sure could have been any better with anyone else. In short, go see Taylor if you have a case. Don’t be intimidated to go seek his help, he won’t blow your brains out with “legal speak”.


  • Being referred to Taylor was the best thing I could have asked for. Taylor and staff are very easy to talk to. I would highly recommend them to anyone.


  • If I ever have to go through it again I would definetly call Taylor right away. The group was so helpful through my situation and handled everything that needed to be done. They made a stressful situation a stress free situation. With Taylor you dont have to worry about one thing. Definietly would recomend to anyone.

    - TAYLOR G.

  • Efficient, knowledgeable, and friendly.


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Manchin Injury Law Group, Took care of me when I got into a car accident while I was pregnant. Very scary moment for a first time mom but thankfully Manchin Injury Law Group had my back and treated me great. They made me feel as if I was part of their family. My son is now 7 Months Old and very happy and healthy. I’m very thankful for them for helping me through everything and getting me what we deserved. I 100% would recommend them to anyone. If I ever have an accident again they will be my number 1 phone call!


  • The support given helped me to feel like I was included in my personal injury case every step of the way. I was informed about the entire process throughout. It was amazing how quick the turn around time was and I would definitely recommend Attorney Timothy J. Manchin to anyone!


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  • Excellent experience dealing with Manchin Injury Law. They were very responsive, professional and easy to talk to. I did my homework before I hired a lawyer after my accident and I am so glad I found Manchin Injury Law Group. If you are injured, give them a call!


  • Taylor and Tim helped make a difficult moment in life, a little more bearable. Easy to communicate with and informative. I will absolutely recommend them to everyone.


  • Kelly and Taylor did all the hard work so that I didn’t have to. They both cared about my circumstance and got me a nice settlement. Taylor knows what he is doing and I felt comfortable with my case in his hands.


  • Great lawyers. They helped me with a West Virginia case.


  • Such a great experience with Taylor and this firm. Thankful for their diligence and their work on our case. Thank you to all!


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  • My experience at the Manchin Injury Law Group was extremely positive, and I would recommend them to anyone who needs a compassionate and experienced lawyer on their side.


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