Orlando Alimony Attorney
Orlando Spousal Support Lawyers
Divorce can significantly alter each party’s financial situation, not only because divorce can be costly and marital assets divided, but because one spouse may be the primary breadwinner, as well as walk away with substantially more assets. Alimony, or spousal support, seeks to soften the financial blow that the lower earning spouse suffers during divorce, in the months afterwards while they learn new job skills, or sometimes indefinitely if they are unlikely to be able to support themselves. However, the more alimony the receiving spouse gets, the more difficult it is for the paying spouse to keep up with their own bills and expenses. An Orlando alimony attorney with Sperling Ducker PLC can help you find the right balance.
What is Spousal Support Based On?
Alimony is based on the following set of criteria, according to Florida statute 61.08:
- The established standard of living throughout the marriage;
- Length of the marriage (less than seven years is a short-term marriage, seven to 17 years is a moderate-term marriage, and more than 17 years is a long-term marriage);
- Age of each party;
- Physical and emotional condition of each party;
- Finances of each party;
- Earning capacity, education, vocational skills, and employability of each parties;
- Time needed for vocational training or education for each party to find appropriate employment;
- Marital contributions of each party, including homemaking, education, child care, and career building for the other party;
- Presence of minor children and responsibilities of each parent;
- Effect alimony will have on taxes;
- Income of each party; and
- Other factor “necessary to do equity and justice between the parties.”
Types of Alimony in Florida
Alimony, or spousal support, is typically set for a relatively short duration. In most cases, the receiving spouse will be awarded temporary support for less than two years. Bridge-the-gap alimony, for example, is awarded for up to two years and is used to help the party transition from being married to single. Rehabilitative alimony, another type of temporary alimony, and is used by the spouse for purposes of education and vocational re-training skills. Lump sum alimony is a type of support that can be paid in one lump sum after the marriage is terminated, or throughout a set number of months or years. Durational alimony may be awarded for a longer period of time, and is used when permanent alimony is not necessary. If the length of the marriage was 17 years or more, there may be grounds for permanent alimony. This alimony is paid until either one of the spouses dies, or until receiving spouse remarries. According to The Sun Sentinel, Florida legislatures have attempted to end permanent alimony for four years in a row, starting in 2013, but have so far failed.
Call Our Orlando Alimony Attorneys Today
Our attorneys provide legal counsel to either side of a marriage, so whether you are the receiving spouse or the paying spouse, Sperling Ducker PLC is here to help. Please feel free to call or email us today at your soonest availability.