Tenacious Advocacy Helps You Get What You Deserve After A Divorce
A divorce affects not only your personal life but also your financial status. Your future may seem uncertain now that you’re faced with changing economic circumstances. During the divorce process, the court may determine that one party is entitled to alimony or spousal maintenance. At the law office of Michael E. Golub, our attorney takes the time to understand your particular situation and determine the best course of action for your circumstances.
Florida Law Allows For Several Different Types Of Alimony To Promote Financial Independence
Need and ability to pay are the two primary requirements that must be satisfied before a court determines the type and amount of alimony applicable in your case. If the court finds that one party is in need of spousal maintenance and the other party has the ability to pay that maintenance, the court will award alimony. The four types of alimony available in Florida are:
- Bridge-the-gap – Bridge-the-gap alimony is designed to help one party transition from being married to being single. This type of alimony covers legitimate short-term needs and may not exceed two years.
- Rehabilitative – In some cases, the court may determine that one party needs help with obtaining education or skills in order to be self-sufficient. Rehabilitative alimony requires the recipient to comply with a specific plan that allows them to further their education or receive the necessary training or work experience to improve economic earning opportunities.
- Durational – Durational alimony is paid to one spouse for a specified period of time that the court deems appropriate for establishing financial independence.
- Permanent – If the court determines that the other three types of alimony are not fair and reasonable under the circumstances, permanent alimony may be ordered to maintain the lifestyle established during the marriage.
An award of durational or permanent alimony terminates upon the death of either party or the remarriage of the party receiving alimony. In some instances, alimony modifications may be available upon a showing of a substantial change in circumstances for either party. However, bridge-the-gap alimony is not modifiable in amount or duration.
What Factors Does The Court Consider When Establishing An Alimony Order?
Once the court determines that one party is in need of alimony after divorce proceedings and the other party has the ability to pay, the court considers:
- The standard of living enjoyed during the marriage
- The length of the marriage
- The age and physical and mental condition of each party
- Each party’s financial status including both marital and non-marital assets as well as all sources of income
- The future earning capabilities of each party
- Each party’s contribution to the marriage
- The tax consequences of an alimony award for each party
- Any other factors deemed relevant by the court
The court may also consider the adultery of either spouse in making an alimony determination. It is important to contact a qualified lawyer with the experience and skills you need to protect your future interests.
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The financial ramifications of a divorce affect both your present and future financial status. We work hard to help you achieve the best possible outcome for your situation. Call us today at 352-742-7777 to schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation at our Clermont and Tavares offices. To better serve our clients we offer weekend and evening appointments. You may also contact us online to discuss your case