Alimony Attorney Jennifer Dane is experienced and knowledgeable in the complexities of spousal support (alimony). Attorney Dane will explain clearly what you can expect, if you believe that you or your spouse may be entitled to spousal support. The process of awarding alimony is subjective as Florida does not currently have an equation to determine alimony payments, which is why it is vital to have experienced representation during the divorce process.
Will There be an Award of Alimony in Your Case?
- Does the spouse requesting alimony have a NEED for support?
- Does the paying spouse have the ABILITY to pay support?
Factors in Determining Alimony Awards in Florida
- The standard of living established during the marriage.
- The duration of the marriage.
- A marriage of 1-7 years is considered a short-term marriage and there is a presumption against alimony.
- A marriage of 7-17 years is considered a moderate term marriage and there is no presumption for or against alimony.
- A marriage of 17 years or more is considered a long-term marriage and there is a presumption in favor of alimony.
- The age and the physical and emotional condition of each party. This factor is an essential determinant in the analysis of one spouse’s need versus the other spouse’s ability to pay.
- If the spouse requesting support is younger and without medical conditions, the “need” for alimony is considerably decreased due to the ability for the spouse to recover and rehabilitate themselves back into the work force.
- If the spouse requesting support is considered elderly or has a medical condition, the “need” for alimony is considerably increased due to the lack of ability for rehabilitation back into the work force.
- Conversely, these factors also influence the spouse being requested to pay alimony.
- The financial resources of each party. This would include the non-marital and marital assets as well as liabilities attributed to each spouse.
- When applicable, the time necessary for either party to acquire sufficient education or training to enable such party to find appropriate employment.
- The contribution to the marriage of each party, including services rendered in homemaking, childcare, education and career building of the other party.
- The sources of all available income to either party.
Types of Alimony in Florida
- Permanent Periodic Alimony: This type of alimony is awarded to spouses for the indefinite future in situations where it is deemed that the receiving spouse will continue to have an economic “need” for the duration of their life.
- The two main factors that the court will consider when determining whether to award a spouse permanent periodic alimony are:
1) The duration of the marriage
2) The disparity between the spouses’ incomes.
- Durational Alimony: This type of alimony is similar to permanent alimony and aims to allow both spouses to continue living at standard of living as during marriage. This type of alimony is often awarded in moderate and short-term marriages. The length of this type of alimony cannot exceed the length of the marriage.
- Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: This type of alimony is designed and intended to assist a person in transition from being married to single. This would be awarded during situations where a spouse might need some time to get a job or money for expenses of moving out and getting an apartment, and/or furniture. Bridge the gap alimony is usually short term lasting at a maximum 2 years.
- Temporary Alimony: This type of alimony is designed to assist the spouse with the lower income with the costs associated with divorce. This alimony is ordered on a temporary basis for one spouse until final settlement is reached or a final judgment is entered.
- Lump Sum Alimony: This type of alimony is paid all at one time and designed to balance the distribution of assets in a marriage.
- Rehabilitative Alimony: This type of alimony’s purpose of is to provide a spouse with the opportunity to become self-supporting by getting the necessary education and skills needed. This can include vocational school, college and otherwise.
If you have concerns or questions about the determining factors of alimony and/or what you or your spouse may be entitled to regarding alimony, set up a confidential consultation with Alimony Attorney Jennifer Dane to discuss you case in depth. During a confidential consultation Attorney Dane can explain what to anticipate, concerning alimony during the process of divorce and how specific factors of your case can lead to the decision of awarding alimony. Attorney Dane and her team will ensure that your rights and interests are protected when approaching the issue of alimony in your case.
Hire an Experienced and Assertive Alimony Lawyer Today
Alimony Attorney Jennifer Dane and her team will advocate for you rand your rights during this process. When handing the needs of her clients Attorney Jennifer Dane takes a personal interest in the well-being of the client and the entirety of her client’s family. You will be able to contact Attorney Dane and her team by phone, text or email anytime with questions and concerns regarding your case. Attorney Jennifer Dane will prioritize your needs with undivided attention to ensure the most beneficial results for you and your family.
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If you are facing a divorce or considering possible next steps, contact Winter Park Alimony Attorney Jennifer Dane for a confidential consultation, to discuss your case, and options today. Attorney Jennifer Dane’s primary focus is to help you and your family transition through the divorce process as seamlessly as possible.