Obtaining Lump Sum Alimony Payments
Family Law Lawyers in Jacksonville, FL
We, the Jacksonville divorce attorneys at Owenby Law, P.A., represent individuals
who are seeking to collect alimony pursuant to the dissolution of their
marriages. Additionally, we protect clients who are attempting to defend
themselves against erroneous claims for spousal maintenance. In the state
of Florida, all forms of alimony—permanent, durational, bridge-the-gap
or rehabilitative—may be awarded in the form of periodic payments
or as one lump sum. The manner in which the alimony is paid is determined
by the judge presiding over the
divorce. If you are seeking alimony, you know that you are likely to have to pay
spousal support, or you are seeking a modification of maintenance, our
experienced divorce team can discuss your case with you.
Free consultations are offered to prospective clients. Call (904) 770-3141 to request yours!
Lump Sum & Periodic Alimony Awards in the State of Florida
In most cases, the circuit court judges who oversee divorce proceedings
in the court venues of counties like Duval prefer to award periodic payments.
There are cases, however, when it can be shown that there is good reason
to order a larger lump sum payment.
Some examples of this would be:
- Due to extreme discord, there is a need to completely sever any further
contact between the two parties
- It can be shown that the party who is required to pay spousal support has
a history of dissipation of assets
- The payor has proven himself or herself to be unreliable
- The age or health of the spouse who is required to pay, places the prospect
of continual payments in doubt
In situations like these, the court could order a single payment, in lieu
of continuous monthly spousal support payments. There are, however, restrictions
on lump sum alimony payments. For instance, lump sum alimony cannot be
used to satisfy outstanding debts between the spouses.
Owenby Law, P.A.: Professional Divorce Representation for Spousal Support Matters
While alimony awards in the state of Florida are a common occurrence, they
are not awarded automatically. If you believe that you are entitled to
spousal support, or if you believe that your spouse is going to petition for alimony as
part of the divorce decree, you should seek the immediate help of our
firm. Our Jacksonville divorce and family attorneys have the experience
to know how the courts are likely to decide in matters relating spousal
Need more information? Please contact our office for the guidance you need.