The family courts and circuit courts, as provided in this chapter, have jurisdiction to award spousal support. A court may provide for the maintenance of a spouse during the pendency of an appeal to the circuit court or to the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Terms Used In West Virginia Code 48-8-102

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.