Florida Alimony Law
You need strong and effective representation to make sure that your rights and needs are respected in any alimony agreement that results from your divorce.
For more than 20 years, our attorneys have been assisting clients with all types of family law. We put our knowledge and experience to work to protect you when dealing with these complex and sensitive issues. Alimony arrangements are rarely an easy experience for anyone, so it can be a great help to have someone experienced on your side.
What You Need To Know About Alimony
Alimony, sometimes also referred to as spousal support or maintenance, is payment from one spouse to the other on either a temporary or permanent basis. The purpose of alimony is typically to enable a spouse to continue to have a standard of living similar to what was enjoyed during the marriage.
How Our Lawyers Can Help
It’s not uncommon for one spouse to seek alimony and the other to contest it following a divorce. In this situation, litigation may be required to resolve the dispute and decide exactly how alimony will be handled.
The experienced negotiators at Quinn & Lynch, P.A., in Tampa, Florida, can help you present a persuasive case. Courts use many factors to decide whether alimony should be paid, how much should be paid and for how long, including a spouse’s need for alimony and the other spouse’s ability to pay it.
When you partner with our family law attorneys, you can feel confident that your voice is being heard. In and out of the courtroom, we will always be a strong advocate for your needs.
Of course, it’s not always necessary to take matters to court. In fact, most alimony disputes can be resolved without litigation through negotiation, mediation or collaborative law.
Our family law attorneys are committed to the best possible resolution that meets your needs. Our goal is to reach an agreement that will be voluntarily implemented by both parties without the need to take the dispute to court.
No matter what level of legal representation your situation demands, our attorneys have the skills and experience to address your needs and come to an agreeable solution for all involved.
Several Types Of Alimony
Temporary alimony is financial support one spouse pays to the other during the divorce proceeding to enable that spouse to continue his or her standard of living until the divorce is final.
Permanent alimony, usually provided in long-term marriages, is financial support from one spouse to the other usually in monthly payments until either spouse dies or the receiving spouse remarries. There are several factors the court must consider in awarding this type of alimony.
Rehabilitative alimony is provided to a spouse who wishes to gain further education to rehabilitate themselves. It is awarded for a finite period.
Durational alimony, usually provided in mid- to long-term marriages, is financial support from one spouse to the other usually in monthly payments for a set period of time not to exceed the length of the marriage.
Bridge The Gap Alimony
Bridge-the-gap alimony is short-term alimony to bridge the gap between being married and becoming single. It is finite in its duration.
What You Need To Know About Alimony
If you are facing divorce and need trusted legal advice regarding alimony issues, please contact us today to arrange an appointment.
When alimony is requested in a Florida divorce, the judge will first make a factual determination of the requesting spouse’s need for alimony and the other spouse’s ability to pay. Once these facts are established, the judge will then determine what type of alimony and how much to award. This could be a lump sum, periodic payments or a combination of both.
The Florida alimony statute describes 10 primary factors for the judge to consider when deciding how alimony should be awarded. These factors are:
- The standard of living that was maintained during the marriage
- The length of the marriage
- The health of each party (age, physical health and emotional health)
- The financial resources available to each party, including nonmarital assets and the marital assets and liabilities distributed through divorce
- The parties’ ability to generate income. This factor takes into account earning capacities, educational background, job skills and overall employability. It may also include time for either party to receive the education or training needed to find appropriate employment.
- The contribution of each party to the marriage. This includes homemaking services, child care, education and career building of the other party.
- The responsibilities each party will have to the minor children they have in common
- The tax consequences to both parties of the awarded alimony. All or a portion of the alimony payment may be designated as nontaxable and nondeductible.
- All sources of income available to either party. This encompasses income available through investments of any held assets.
- Any factor not listed above deemed necessary to do justice by both parties
For example, the judge may also consider allegations of infidelity to determine the appropriate amount of alimony.
Consult With Our Tampa Bay Alimony Attorneys
Our divorce attorneys have significant experience with cases involving all forms of alimony. Before undertaking a divorce, seeking the advice of our experienced family law attorneys who are skilled in the divorce process and representation is essential to protect yourself.