, a spouse is often entitled to spousal support when the other spouse makes significantly more gross income. A rule of thumb is that if one spouse makes 70% or more of the amount earned by the other spouse, there is generally no spousal support awarded. If they make less, than the spouse earning less income can be entitled to spousal support. Virginia
Virginia Code § 20-107.1(B) provides that "no permanent maintenance and support shall be awarded from a spouse if there exists in such spouse's favor a ground of divorce under the provisions of subdivision (1) of § 20-91," which includes adultery. The bar, however, is subject to one exception: that the court may make such an award notwithstanding the existence of such ground if the court determines from clear and convincing evidence, that a denial of support and maintenance would constitute a manifest injustice, based upon the respective degrees of fault during the marriage and the relative economic circumstances of the parties.