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Family Law

Spousal Support / Alimony

I Am Getting Divorced – Will I Be Entitled to Alimony?

Alimony is generally defined as financial assistance provided by one spouse to another, during and after a divorce. In Florida, either a husband or a wife may be eligible to receive alimony – also known as “spousal support” or “maintenance.” Whether you are entitled to temporary or permanent alimony or support will depend upon the individual circumstances of your marriage. An award of alimony or spousal support can profoundly impact the lives of you and your entire family, post-divorce. It is therefore crucial that you contact an experienced family law attorney to counsel you on these issues. The skilled attorneys at Roberts & Robold, P.A. have extensive experience in managing spousal support matters in divorce and family law cases and will help you plan a legal strategy to best handle these complex issues.

Factors Used to Determine Alimony or Spousal Support Awards

Courts in Florida award alimony after evaluating one spouse’s need for financial support versus the other spouse’s ability to pay such support. In Florida, courts have broad discretion to tailor support awards to each family’s needs. Courts may consider such factors as the length of the marriage, the age and the physical and emotional condition of both parties, the financial resources of both parties, each parties’ earning capacities and skills, each party’s contribution to the marriage including child rearing and assisting in the career building of the other party, and the standard of living during the marriage. Recently Florida has begun acknowledging the responsibilities each party will have after the divorce to the children born of the marriage and the tax consequences to both parties resulting from an award of alimony.

Florida now recognizes several different types of alimony including temporary alimony (a non-permanent award during divorce proceedings), permanent alimony (normally reserved for long-term marriages of more than 17 years), rehabilitative alimony (where one spouse may wish to finish their education or job training in order to be more employable), lump sum alimony (which may be awarded from the proceeds of the division of sale of property), durational alimony (which may be awarded monthly for a period of time no longer than the length of the marriage), and bridge-the-gap or transitional alimony (a short-term solution which can allow one spouse the opportunity to financially transition from married to single life).

Alimony and spousal support issues are often some of the most bitterly contested matters in a divorce. Whether you are seeking alimony or being asked to pay support, the Attorneys at Roberts & Robold, P.A. will examine your case and work closely with you to determine the best possible outcome for you and your family in resolving these difficult issues.

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