Alimony Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL
During a separation or divorce, one spouse can be required to pay an allowance that is ordered by the Court. This payment is known as alimony or also known as spousal support or maintenance. Alimony may be paid during and after the case is over. In the state of Florida, no matter which spouse, you can request alimony and you may be forced to pay it depending on the situation.
With Parker & DuFresne representing you, we look over the wide variety of factors that are used to determine what type and how much alimony should be paid. Alimony is ordered to assist the lower-income spouse with periodic payments or a lump sum. Your alimony lawyer will walk you through the entire process.
The Court is Deciding
Alimony can be established by consent of the parties in a settlement agreement or by the Court after a hearing. A judge does not automatically award alimony payments when you reside in the state of Florida. Only in situations where payment is the most appropriate option will the court rule for alimony. Based on the needs of both parties, the judge will decide. There is no standard for alimony, and every case is different.
How to Determine Alimony
Certain factors affect the need and amount of spousal support. These factors vary from case to case, and most are listed below.
- Duration of the marriage
- Standard of living while married
- Age of each spouse
- Each spouse’s role in the marriage
- General health of both spouses
- Each spouse’s contribution to the marriage including childcare, homemaking, education and helping the other spouse build his or her career
- Any tax consequences of the alimony award
- Childcare responsibilities of each spouse after the divorce
- Income of each party
- Education of each party
One way of determining what kind of alimony you are eligible for is the length of your marriage. Generally, Florida identifies the marriage lengths as follows:
- short-term marriage is fewer than seven years,
- moderate-term marriage falls from seven to 16 years, and
- long-term marriage is any period longer than 17 years.
Types of Alimony
Not all alimony is permanent, depending on the situation. As your alimony lawyer will explain after looking over your information, there is a multitude of options.
Following a long-term marriage, permanent alimony is paid until the spouse dies or until the recipient spouse remarries or cohabits with another person.
As the name defines it, temporary alimony is a provisional payment based on either party’s standard of living and ability to pay.
Bridge-the-gap or “short-term”
Transitioning from married to single brings in financial difficulties. Short-term alimony is meant to assist during this period.
Life does not stop during a divorce. Rehabilitative alimony covers education, training, and or certification costs necessary for a spouse to enter or re-enter the workforce.
Though not permanent, durational alimony lasts for a more extended period. It is appropriate when permanent seems improper. This form of maintenance may not extend beyond the length of the marriage.
A lump sum alimony award is as the name implies. It is paid once and is non-modifiable.
Representation in Alimony Cases
Every divorce case is unique, and your alimony lawyer can work with you through a variety of circumstances. These include if the other party is trying to hide income to avoid paying or any prenuptial agreements that may address alimony. Parker & DuFresne will discuss all aspects of your marriage with you to determine if you are entitled to alimony or if you are required to pay. Our team works with clients throughout Northern Florida, and we will represent you during this trying time. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation with our alimony lawyers.