Alimony (Spousal Support) can be one of the most contentious issues in a dissolution of marriage. Consequently, you may be concerned about how you will support yourself after divorce or how much you may be required to pay for your spouse’s support. Most importantly, you will need to be represented by an experienced Alimony Attorney to ensure that your current and future needs will be met in this new stage of your life, whether you will be paying or collecting the required maintenance.
In Florida, there are several types of alimony that a court may consider, including:
- Temporary alimony
- “Bridge-the-gap” alimony
- Rehabilitative alimony
- Durational alimony
- Permanent alimony
A court will generally look to the need of a spouse for support and the ability for the other spouse to provide support. Additionally, a court will consider several other factors, including the standard of living during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the assets distributed to the parties, The length of time needed to educate or train the recipient to become self-sufficient, and The ability for the payor to support themselves as well as the recipient. Your spousal support attorney will make sure that the maintenance requirement is sufficient and fair.
How long will Spousal Support last?
The court will take into account the length of the marriage as well as the standard of living. A short-term marriage, which is considered less than 7 years, is less likely to result in a permanent alimony award but could warrant a transitional alimony award like bridge-the-gap alimony or temporary alimony to help with the transition. Moderate term marriages, between 7-17 years, may result in a longer period of alimony, such as durational alimony, which could last a set amount of time that does not exceed the marriage length. A longer-term marriage of 17 years or more is likely to result in permanent alimony. Several other factors are taken into account to determine the duration and what type of alimony the court may award.
Who Gets the Spousal Support?
Although spousal support has traditionally always been an award made to a wife, times have been changing, and both men and women are now able to request to receive alimony. Additionally, since Obergefell v. Hodges, spousal support awards can be requested by either spouse in a same-sex marriage. Regardless of whether the recipient is a husband or a wife, alimony’s intended goal is to ensure that the payee can continue the same standard of living that had been established during the marriage post-divorce.
Email us today (see below) or reach us by phone at 352-432-8644. The Attorneys at Crawford, Modica, and Holt is happy to answer any questions you may have about support and provide you with legal guidance. Our Divorce and Alimony Lawyers in Clermont and Tavares, FL. are ready to help.
We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your legal needs concerning spousal support, child support, division of assets, or divorce in general. Call us at 352-432-8644 or schedule your initial consultation online using the contact form below. With Offices in Clermont and Tavares, Florida, we represent clients throughout Lake County, Orange County, Sumter County – and beyond.