Thursday, May 23, 2013

Alimony in Florida

There are different types of alimony that can be awarded in a Florida divorce case. I will use my experience as a Tampa, Florida divorce lawyer to ensure effective representation when the court is determining alimony in your divorce case. If your divorce case is in Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas County, Florida, please contact me for more information about how I can help you with your alimony case or modifications of current alimony.

Types of Alimony Considered in Florida Divorces:

Rehabilitative Alimony - Awarded to assist a party in establishing self-support.

Durational Alimony - Awarded when permanent periodic alimony is inappropriate.

Permanent Alimony - Awarded following a marriage of long duration if such an award is appropriate.

To learn more about laws that govern alimony in the State of Florida, please read:

      Types of Alimony Considered in Florida Divorces

      Florida Statute 61.08 Alimony 

After equitable distribution, the court may consider an alimony award. The court may grant alimony to either the husband or the wife. Rehabilitative alimony may be for a limited period of time to assist in redeveloping skills and financial independence. Parties requesting rehabilitative 
alimony must have a plan for their rehabilitation such as the cost of going to school to improve skills and marketability. Bridge-the-gap alimony allows a party to make the transition from married to single life which may include the need to obtain a vehicle and/or money to find a place 
to live. Permanent alimony continues until the receiving spouse’s remarriage or the death of either party. The court can also order alimony for a certain period of time, which is called durational alimony. Rehabilitative, permanent, and durational alimony generally are paid periodically 
(i.e., monthly or semi-monthly); bridge-the-gap alimony can be paid in a lump sum at one time, or may be paid over a very short period of time. The court may also order lump-sum alimony where one party pays to the other party a lump-sum payment of money or property.

In awarding alimony, the court considers factors such as the parties’ prior standard of living; length of the marriage; age and physical and emotional condition of both spouses; each spouse’s financial resources and income producing capacity of the assets they receive; the time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to find appropriate employment; and the services rendered in homemaking, child rearing, and education and career building of the other spouse. The court may consider any other factor necessary to do equity and justice between the husband and wife.  You have the right to obtain information about your spouse’s income and assets through the use of discovery procedures. Discovery includes exchange of documents 

and answers to written or oral questions.

For assistance with obtaining or modifying alimony in your divorce case, please contact us at 813-879-4600.

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