Knowledgeable Assistance With Spousal Support Issues

Alimony, or spousal support, is one of the more complicated issues in divorce proceedings. One spouse wants to protect his or her financial future, while the other spouse wants to reduce or eliminate the need to pay permanent alimony. In addition, spousal support issues may be considered as part of the couple's property distribution, which can be stressful in and of itself.

Whether you're going through a contested or uncontested divorce, attorney Michelle A. Barry will be at your side personally handling your case herself. She has considerable experience working to protect the rights of her clients in family law matters and does so using extensive knowledge of the law and a passion for reaching amicable resolutions.

Lessen the pain and expense of long court proceedings by exploring divorce alternatives like mediation and collaborative divorce with Ms. Barry's guidance. Contact her to learn more.

Committed To Protecting Your Alimony Rights In A Florida Divorce

Sometimes referred to as spousal support or spousal maintenance, alimony is an amount of money paid by one spouse to another spouse following divorce.

Alimony payments are designed to allow the receiving spouse to maintain a similar standard of living as established in marriage, so long as the paying spouse has the ability to make the payments. Although family law courts will ultimately decide an appropriate amount, we can help to ensure that all factors are considered in determining that amount.

There are five different types of alimony in Florida:

  1. Permanent Periodic: These payments are made on a regular schedule (usually monthly) and are to be paid until either the paying spouse dies or the receiving spouse dies, remarries, or engages in a supportive relationship.
  2. Durational Alimony: In marriages that are considered short-term to mid-term marriages, these payments can be no longer than the length of the marriage. For example, if a marriage lasted nine years, the durational alimony would be limited to nine years of payments, or until either spouse dies or remarries.
  3. Bridge-the-Gap Alimony: In these marriages, the spouse who may have been out of the workforce does not need to be re-educated, but does need a transition period of support while he or she re-enters the job market.
  4. Rehabilitative Alimony: Where one spouse has been out of the workforce for a considerable amount of time and requires additional schooling, training or education before he or she will be able to be self-supporting, rehabilitative alimony is appropriate and the amount and length will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
  5. Temporary Alimony: This support is limited to payments that are made during the pendency of a case. Temporary support will stop when the divorce is final, but a spouse may then receive one of the other types of support.

Clients are often surprised to learn that alimony is not gender-specific. More and more husbands are staying home to care for children or earn less than their spouse, and in those cases, a support award would likely be warranted. In addition, alimony is not appropriate in every case and there can be legal sanctions for even asking in certain situations.

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