Winter Park Alimony Attorney
Orlando & Winter Park Spousal Support
When two people decide to get divorce, it can have a substantial impact on their financial situations. Many married couples combine their income and can rely on a spouse’s contributions to afford the quality of the life they lead. This is especially true if one spouse has decided to stop working to stay home and raise children or take care of the household. In such situations, losing the financial support of a spouse can be devastating. In a divorce, an individual should not be disadvantaged simply because they made professional sacrifices for the good of the family. To protect individuals in this type of scenario, Florida law provides the opportunity to seek financial support following a separation or divorce that is referred to as alimony or spousal support.
In alimony or support determinations, the court recognizes that contributions to the household can be just as important and valuable as financial contributions. However, many people who stay home to care for the family give up many other opportunities as a result. In the event of a divorce, they may not have the necessary or relevant work experience or training to enter the workforce and immediately earn a living that supports the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed. It may take a few months or even years to acquire the education, skills, and/or training needed to earn a sufficient living and alimony helps to provide support during this time. Contact our Winter Park alimony attorneys for more information and assistance today.
Resolving Alimony Disputes
At Sperling Ducker we handle various forms of spousal support and alimony. We’ve helped numerous families calculate and properly determine the right to alimony in divorce cases. If you are facing a divorce and have questions about spousal support contact us today.
Many new statutes provide additional remedies and calculations for spousal support. Durational Alimony, Bridge the Gap alimony, Permanent alimony and Lump sum alimony are a few of the options available by statute in the courts. However, state laws regarding alimony are constantly under scrutiny and changes are regularly proposed by lawmakers. Therefore, it is essential to consult with an Orlando lawyer who stays fully apprised of all of the changes to alimony laws and who can best apply the laws to your case.
Not surprisingly, most people who are asked to pay spousal support are going to try to fight against it. This can result in contentious legal disputes that often go to trial. Whether you are seeking alimony or are trying to challenge an alimony request, taking the case to court can be costly and stressful. Instead, it is better to work together to find a spousal support arrangement that can work for both spouses.
Orlando Spousal Support Attorney
After more than seven to 17 years in a marriage, there may be a right to permanent alimony. Our Orlando, Florida, divorce and alimony lawyers are experienced professionals and provide attentive care to our clients’ needs. We’ve helped clients obtain alimony and spousal support regardless of their situation.
We have found that most people who have worked hard in their marriages are granted the right to alimony. Not all alimony determinations mean that one spouse will be paying the other for the rest of their lives, however. There are different degrees of alimony, including:
- Temporary alimony: A form of payment paid toward the lesser-paid spouse, which generally covers the costs in the divorce proceedings. It typically also covers basic costs, such as food and living expenses during that time period.
- Rehabilitative alimony: An amount of spousal support that is paid to the lesser-earning spouse who may have been a stay-at-home parent throughout the marriage. This form of alimony provides for the spouse until he or she is financially independent or able to start working.
- Lump-sum alimony: Is literally a lump sum of spousal support that the payor pays the payee after a divorce. This amount is typically set up as a payment plan over a specific number of years — continuing regardless if the payee remarries or no longer requires alimony.
- Durational Alimony: Similar to temporary or Rehabilitative alimony but used in marriages that may not be suitable for permanent alimony award.
- Permanent alimony: Similar to child support, permanent alimony is a monthly amount paid to the payee until either the payor or payee dies, or until the payee remarries.
Alimony cases may also involve prenuptial agreements that included the right to alimony or a bar on alimony. These agreements are not always enforceable, so it is important to have your agreement carefully reviewed by an Orlando alimony attorney.
Contact Our Experienced Winter Park Alimony Attorneys
Alimony determinations can be complex and can involve many factors including the length of your marriage, your standard of living, contributions to the marriage, premarital agreements, and more. At Sperling Ducker we can help facilitate compromise between you and your spouse to agree on a fair alimony arrangement and can represent your interests in court if necessary. If you are facing a divorce and need help determining alimony or spousal support, contact a Winter Park alimony attorney today. You can reach any of our attorneys at 407.645.3297 or contact us online.