Jacksonville Spousal Support Attorney

Seeking Alimony in Your Divorce? Call Owenby Law, P.A. for Help.

The dissolution of a marriage can wreak havoc on the personal finances of the parties involved. Even if the divorce is amicable and necessary, that doesn't mean that both spouses are prepared to meet the monetary challenges that come with a new life. In situations where one spouse has become dependent on the other during the course of the marriage, he or she may be entitled to temporary or permanent alimony.

At Owenby Law, P.A., our Jacksonville family law attorneys represent clients who are seeking alimony as part of their divorce settlement. While the Florida courts do not always award spousal support, there are several types of alimony that are often granted to dependent spouses. Either spouse may be required to pay alimony – gender is not an issue. If you believe that you are entitled to spousal support, we can pursue your claim.

If you need help pursuing alimony, call Owenby Law, P.A. for a free divorce consultation.

How the Court Decides if Spousal Support Should Be Awarded

In Florida, family law judges are asked to consider several different factors when deciding whether or not alimony should be included in a divorce settlement. If spousal support is deemed to be appropriate, they will also need to decide what type, how much, and how long it should last.

When deciding on the matter of alimony, the court will look at several factors:

  • The standard of living that was developed during the marriage
  • The length of the marriage and the age of each spouse
  • The financial resources of the spouse seeking support
  • The mental, physical, and emotional condition of each spouse
  • Each spouse’s contribution to the marriage, including homemaking
  • The responsibilities each spouse will have for minor children
  • Any tax consequences a spousal support award could have
  • Required time for the recipient to secure additional education

What Types of Spousal Support Are Available in Florida?

  • Rehabilitative alimony – The purpose of rehabilitative spousal support is to give a dependent spouse the resources necessary to develop skills and training that will make him or her financially independent. This could be by returning to college or vocational school, or obtaining a license. This type of alimony is usually accompanied by a plan for the recipient to achieve financial independence from the ex-spouse.
  • Bridge-the-gap alimony – This type of spousal support provides the recipient with immediate funds to acclimate to his or her new life after divorce. Bridge-the-gap alimony can either be awarded on a temporary basis, as to allow the dependent spouse to do things like secure an apartment or purchase a car, or it can be paid in one lump sum. If it is paid over time, however, the duration cannot exceed two years.
  • Durational alimonyDurational alimony is temporary spousal support that does not fall into the category of either rehabilitative or bridge-the-gap alimony. The court may choose to award durational alimony if other types of support are insufficient to meet the dependent spouse’s needs. Because it is temporary, the maximum duration for this type of alimony cannot exceed the actual length of the marriage.
  • Permanent alimonyPermanent alimony is support that is paid on a regular basis for an indefinite period of time. This type of alimony usually terminates upon the death of either spouse, the remarriage of the recipient, or the cohabitation (living with someone else) of the recipient. This type of alimony is intended to provide for the financial needs of a spouse who lacks the ability to support themselves.

Let Our Jacksonville Divorce Lawyers Protect Your Financial Future

Whether you are seeking alimony from a soon-to-be ex-spouse, or you are trying to protect your assets during a contentious divorce, the key is to obtain competent legal representation from a Jacksonville divorce attorney. Owenby Law, P.A. can represent you in either side of an alimony dispute, so please do not hesitate to contact our firm today. During a free initial consultation, we can help you explore all of your financial options.

Contact Owenby Law, P.A. at your earliest convenience to arrange a free consultation.