If you are divorcing and you believe that you will need to pay alimony to your spouse, then you should hire an experienced Florida alimony lawyer to represent you. Both men and women can be awarded alimony in Florida, so it’s important you understand your situation and how to best proceed. Contact Wendy Doyle-Palumbo today to learn more about how we can assist you.
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As you may know, there are various types of alimony available to individuals in Florida. Some of those are listed below.
Bridge-the-gap alimony is to assist one spouse in making the transition from being married to being single. This type of alimony may not exceed two years. Bridge the gap alimony terminates upon the death of either party or the marriage of the receiving party. The duration or amount cannot be modified once you or your spouse is awarded bridge-the-gap alimony.
Rehabilitative alimony is meant to help support the person receiving alimony while the party establishes his or her ability to be self-sufficient. Education and job training are considered in assisting the party involved to get a job and be self-supportive through the new skills. This type of alimony requires a plan to be in place to rehabilitate and transition into improved earning potential. Rehabilitative alimony can be modified by the courts should either party present a substantial change in circumstances.
Durational alimony is only available for marriages of less than 17 years. Durational alimony has an end-term and differs from other types of alimony. According to Florida Statutes, exceptional circumstances can be cause for a modification of the duration of the alimony, but the amount of alimony being paid is not subjected to the same rules.
Permanent alimony is available to the spouse who lacks the financial ability to meet their own financial requirements. It is generally based on what your standard of living has been and applies when you have been in a medium or longer-term marriage. Exceptional circumstances can be considered where permanent alimony can be awarded to shorter-term marriages, however. Permanent alimony terminates upon the death of either party or remarriage of the party who is receiving permanent alimony.
The Judge reserves the right to order any combination of the above types of alimony or spousal support based on the facts of the case.
If you have been served with divorce papers, remember, time is of the essence to provide the courts with your answer. Seeking the advice of an experienced Florida divorce and alimony lawyer who has the tenacity and resources to ensure that your rights are protected. As a seasoned Florida alimony lawyer, Wendy Doyle-Palumbo is unafraid to litigate your divorce case, yet also possesses the skills to mediate alimony cases when necessary to ensure the best interest of her clients. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with our firm.