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 or your spouse is in the military, the circumstances may be different
than what is mentioned below. However, the attorneys at Owenby Law, P.A.
have experience handling cases involving
military divorce as well.
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
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 alimony – Durational 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 alimony – Permanent 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
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.