Alimony

The issue of spousal support, or alimony, is a difficult subject in many divorce cases. Alimony creates a debtor/creditor relationship between you and your spouse and leaves a lasting connection between the both of you until the obligation for alimony ends.

What Types of Alimony are Available?

There are several types of alimony: temporary (during the divorce case), rehabilitative (to enable a party to become retrained, educated, and self-sufficient), bridge-the-gap (to assist a party by providing support to allow the party to make a transition from being married to being single), durational (to provide a party with economic assistance for a set period of time), permanent (to provide for the necessities of life as they were established during the marriage for a party who lacks the financial ability to meet his or her needs/necessities following the dissolution of marriage), and lump sum. A party may be entitled to a combination of these types of alimony, depending upon the factors set forth in Florida Statutes § 61.08(2), specifically, the standard of living established during the marriage, the length of the marriage, the age of the parties, the emotional condition of the parties, the financial resources of each party, the earning capacity of each party, including their vocational skills and employability, the contribution of each party to the marriage, such as homemaking, childcare, and education and careerbuilding of the other party, the tax treatment of an alimony award, all sources of income available to each party, any other factors necessary to do justice between the parties.

How Do I know if I am Entitled to Alimony?

Many times, we must take an in depth look into the parties' actual income and available assets, the marital standard of living, and other complex issues. We will work with a forensic accountant and/or vocational evalutaor, if necessary, to help us get the most detailed information to enable us to address the issue of alimony through mediation or litigation.